Wine Enthusiast - March 2013

Wine Enthusiast  - March 2013

All Wines Entered Received 90+ Points!

92 Points - 2009 Écluse Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Lock Vineyard

The trick to getting a Cabernet Sauvignon this ripe and oaky is to provide balance, and in this, Écluse has succeeded. Made from 100% Cabernet, it’s enormously rich in blackberries and black currants, with dark chocolate, licorice and spice adding complexity. The tannins are, in a word, gorgeous. With high alcohol, the mouthfeel has a Cognac-like warmth, but doesn’t feel uncomfortably hot. Drink now for fresh fruitiness. - S.H.

91 Points - 2010 Écluse Cabernet Sauvignon, Lock Vineyard

California Cabernet simply doesn’t get richer or riper than this. It explodes with blackberry and cherry jam and chocolate flavors whose sweetness persists into the long, spicy finish. And yet the wine is technically dry. Drink over the next few years. - S.H.

90 Points - 2010 Écluse Syrah, Lock Vineyard

A beautiful Syrah, softly tannic, dry and full bodied. High alcohol gives some jalapeño pepper heat to the blackberries, licorice, bacon, dark chocolate and sandalwood flavors, but nothing that richly sauced barbecue can’t handle. Drink up. - S.H.

90 Points - 2010 Écluse "Ensemble", Lock Vineyard

This is one of the best Bordeaux blends now available from Paso Robles. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s enormously ripe in blackberry jam, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors that finish lush and spicy. The tannins are strong, but negotiable with barbecue. - S.H.


All wines reviewed by Steve Heimoff, the California Editor for Wine Enthusiast

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