32% Tempranillo, 23% Mourvèdre, 23% Grenache, 22% Carignan $80
As a debut in the line-up, this wine is nothing short of mind-blowing. With our Spanish clones, this is at the top of our list in terms of incomparable distinction and command. The nose exudes black cherry and blue fruits and is quickly supported by toffee, toasted vanilla and exotic spices. The power and structure play perfectly with the seductive nose, black tea-like tannins, and brilliant black fruit finish. Aged for 22 months in a combination of concrete eggs and French oak, Cirque will leave you yearning to dissect its layers over the next 15-20 years.
(96pts - J.Dunnuck, 95pts - Robert Parker)