2012 Stephen Tanzer Scores are here!

November 1, 2012

90 Points - 2010 Écluse Syrah Lock Vinyeard Paso Robles ($34)

Opaque purple. Intense aromas of blackberry, cassis, mocha, tarragon and incense. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors are surprisingly lively, picking up a spicy element with air. Bitter chocolate and floral pastille notes emerge with air and carry through a long, sappy finish.

90 Points - 2010 Écluse Improv Paso Robles ($36)

(54% syrah, 30% zinfandel, 8% merlot and 8% petite sirah)
Inky ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cherry compote, lavender and cola, with a smoky mineral topnote. Pliant, juicy and nicely focused, offering sweet red berry flavors and showing no rough edges.The supple finish leaves sweet cola and vanilla notes behind, along with an exotic floral pastille character.

2010 Ensemble Paso Robles ($42) .

(44% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 19% petit verdot and 12% malbec)
Deep ruby. Cherry, redcurrant, rose and licorice on the nose, along with sweet oak notes. Supple and nicely concentrated, with juicy flavors of red fruits, spicecake and candied flowers. Tangy acids give the wine clarity and lift and add bite to the focused, very persistent finish.

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