Ratings & Tasting notes:
98 points Jeb Dunnuck
A rich, powerful wine based on 59% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 14% Touriga Nacional, and the rest Graciano, brought up mostly in foudre, the 2018 Heart Stone Vineyard’s deep purple color is followed by killer notes of red and black currants, peppery herbs, loamy soil, and assorted meaty, spice notes. It has a Rhône-like spicy, meaty, savory character yet packs gorgeous purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, and sweet, polished tannins that are pure Paso Robles. Enjoy this brilliant blend any time over the coming 10-15 years. Along with the 2007, this is the finest example of this cuvée I’ve tasted. (9/2020)
98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2018 Heart Stone Vineyard is big and flavorful but tremendously elegant this vintage. A blend of 59% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 14% Touriga Nacional and 13% Graciano, it has a deep, alluring perfume, loaded with purple flowers, licorice, earth, charcuterie and blackberry pie scents. The palate is full-bodied and structured by wonderfully ripe tannins, exploding with spiced dark fruits that expand effortlessly into a very long, lifted finish. It’s stunning now but will offer more with time in the cellar. (EB) (1/2021)
97 points Vinous
Powerfully scented ripe dark fruit, potpourri, incense and olive paste qualities on the nose, along with a smoky mineral flourish that builds as the wine opens up. Boasts superb depth as well as energy and displays sharp definition to the sweet blackberry, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and candied violet flavors, which are sharpened by a jolt of spicy black pepper. Shows distinctly rich yet nervy character, delivering sharp focus, youthfully chewy tannins and a wonderfully long, dark fruit-dominated finish. (JR) (12/2020)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.