42% Syrah, 28% Petit Verdot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Grenache
All skiers and boarders can appreciate both the excitement and anticipation of their first run on a powder day, standing at the top of the mountain and savoring the first tracks of the day. We feel that same exhilaration with this wine since it’s the first wine in which we have incorporated Petit Verdot. Even though it is Syrah dominant, the Petit Verdot is apparent in the delicate violet and dark fruit components it adds to the blueberry, red plums, acai berries and dark chocolate notes we expect from the other varietals. The fruit in this wine is complemented with a larger percentage of new French oak, at about 65%, to match its strong structure and gracefully carry itself into the next decade.
SKU: 20123
94+ Points, Robert Parker
A new wine from this estate, the 2012 First Tracks is another Rhone/Bordeaux blend that’s made from 42% Syrah, 28% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Grenache. Aged 18 months in 60% new French oak, it’s full- bodied, ripe and seamless, with a fresh and lively feel to its blackberry, blueberry, dried earth, graphite and cedar aromas and flavors. I love the balance and it has terrific polish to its tannin. It’s beautiful now, but will evolve nicely though 2027. 
93 Points, Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds 
Dark purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, lavender, sandalwood and smoky Indian spices. At once rich and energetic, offering palate-staining cassis and boysenberry flavors lifted by juicy acidity and a hint of white pepper. Shows superb clarity and power on the long, sweet finish, which features velvety tannins and a suggestion of candied flowers. 

92 Points, Wine Spectator - Tim Fish 
This pairs structure with personality. Aromas of wild berry and star anise open to complex, plush layers of mocha, black raspberry, licorice and pepper. The tannins are big, fleshy and ripe. Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Drink now through 2027.