"Possessing a dense, saturated ruby/purple hue the Les Amis flaunts the concentration, poise and panache of which only the greatest terroirs are gifted.Delicate scents of Chinese five spice, smoke, white flowers and roasted herbsprecede a dense, brooding core of black cherry, coal and scorched earth.The well delineated palate offers tremendous texture and combines glorious fruitpurity with subtle nuances.Multi-dimensional and incredibly intricate, the wine finishes with crisp acids anda cloak of beautifully ripe, polished tannins.Revealing a savoury elegance in its youth, the Les Amis will continue to build incomplexity for many years to come."
"100% Grenache. After being painstakingly hand harvesting in early May (the vines stand only inches fromthe ground) this small batch was destemmed into a single cement vat where it spent 7days before being basket pressed directly into new French barriques. After 18 monthsmaturation the best barrels were carefully racked and assembled for bottling. The winewas left to settle and bottled in July 2008 without the use of fining or filtration. TA 5.33 g/L; pH 3.49; 14.8% alc."
"97+ pts ... Medium deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Les Amis displays gorgeous kirsch and raspberry compote notes accented by potpourri and roses, baking spices, cloves and some meatiness with pepper. Ripe and rich, medium-firm, silky tannins frame a concentrated and layered palate through a long and refreshing finish. Seductive in its youth, it should drink best from 2014 to 2024+. "
"95 pts ... Saturated ruby. Heady aromas of red fruit preserves, Asian spices and incense, with smoke and mineral accents that express themselves powerfully with aeration. Rich, palate-staining and impressively concentrated but shockingly lithe, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola and lavender pastille flavors that take on weight in the glass. Closes with excellent focus and thrust, with supple tannins shaping the almost decadent red berry and floral pastille notes."