2016 Cuvée Kristina
Mac made this wine for his wife. It is always comprised of the most elite barrels of that particular vintage.
VINIFICATION: 30% whole cluster fermented in small, open top bins, and spent 15-20 days on skins with a combination of pump-overs and punch downs. Aged 18 months in 228, 265 and 500-liter French oak barriques, 50% new.
TASTING NOTES: Marionberry, olallieberry, and potpourri on the nose. Crushed lavender, ripe black olive, and flowers on the palate. This wine is deep and dark, while the Grenache keeps it lifted. Pair with prime rib and potato gratin with all the trimmings.
95 points, Vinous
Deep vivid ruby. Energetic, sharply focused red berry, floral pastille and Asian spice qualities on the nose, along with suggestions of incense and smoky minerals. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry liqueur, spice cake and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and expand on the back half. Clings with impressive authority on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Cuvée Kristina (70% Syrah, 28% Grenache and 2% Viognier) is, I believe, a new wine from the estate, and it’s sourced from a number of vineyards in the Central Coast including Les Galets, Larner, Shadow Canyon (York Mountain), and Kimsey Vineyards. This deep purple-colored effort offers lots of black and blue fruits, plenty of pepper, medium to full body, rocking purity of fruit, and great length and intensity. It has upfront charm but will keep nicely for 7-8 years.
This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.
92 points, Wine Spectator
Offers expressive huckleberry and sassafras aromas that combine with vibrant and layered raspberry and licorice flavors, persisting toward well-honed tannins.