• Wine Enthusiast 94 points

    2012 ISOSCELES

    “The Paso pioneer’s annual bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc does not disappoint, offering aromas of plump, dark blueberry, tart Bing cherry and bay leaf. The palate offers crushed herbs—from oregano and thyme to rosemary and dill—alongside more blueberry fruit and a solid yet smooth tannic structure.” —Matt Kettmann, March 2016

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 92 points

    2013 SAVANT

    “Made from a blend that’s more and more common from Paso, the 2013 Savant Proprietary Red is 65% Syrah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Grenache and Petite Sirah, which spent 20 months in 50% new French oak. It exhibits terrific notes of tobacco leaf, leafy herbs, cassis, lead pencil and cedar to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and ethereally textured profile on the palate. It’s not a blockbuster, and is a touch soft on the mid-palate, but it has rock solid balance and should evolve nicely through at least 2023.” —Jeb Dunnuck, July 2016

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 90 points

    2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is outstanding, with a perfumed, elegant style in its creme de cassis, raspberry, ground herbs and spring flower aromas and flavors. Possessing fine tannin, moderate depth and concentration, yet impeccable balance, it should drink nicely for a decade.” —Jeb Dunnuck, July 2016

  • Wine Enthusiast 93 points

    2013 FOCUS

    “This study of density shows blueberry, caramel, vanilla bean, coffee syrup, fudge and concentrated lilac and violet notes on the nose. The mouthfeel is extremely full and the flavors quite powerful, delivering blackberry jam, burnt caramel, touches of teriyaki, mocha and candied pecan. As the alcohol level hints, this is a bombastic bottling, sure to grab any table’s attention.” —Matt Kettmann, September 2016

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 91 points

    2013 FOCUS

    “The inky colored 2013 Focus Proprietary Red (100% Syrah aged all in French oak) gives up serious amounts of ripe black fruits, caramelized meats, pen ink and spice in a rich, full-bodied, sweetly fruited and decadent style. It has tons of sweet fruit, but is nicely concentrated and certainly offers a mouthful of fruit.” —Jeb Dunnuck, July 2016

  • Wine Enthusiast 93 points


    “Blackberry, black cherry and blueberry aromas are cut by complex hints of dark chocolate and nutmeg on this Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend. The tannins are quite firm on the palate, framing black plums, vanilla, caramel, dill and dried mint flavors. Drinking 2018–2030 will allow more black cherry and blueberry character to evolve on the sip.” —Matt Kettmann, March 2016

  • Wine Enthusiast 94 points

    2012 SAVANT

    “Lush and lavish in all the right ways, this blend of 70% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petite Sirah shows vanilla cream, clove chiffon and blueberry pudding on the nose. The palate packs more blueberry fruit as well as black pepper, graphite, espresso bean and toasted sage, all framed by a solid structure of tooth-coating tannins.” —Matt Kettmann, December 2015

  • Wine Enthusiast 94 points

    2011 EIGHTY ONE Cabernet Sauvignon

    “A bottling celebrating the winery’s 30th anniversary, this offers roasted coffee, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla bean and cinnamon spice atop the pure black-cherry fruit on the nose. There is a tremendous and delicious density of black-currant fruit once sipped, leveled by graphite, espresso foam, cola, cream soda and vanilla-bean flavors, held in place by chewy tannins.” —Matt Kettmann, June 2016

  • Wine Enthusiast 94 points

    2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    “Richly buttered Bing cherries, plums, licorice, black pepper and a loamy mud minerality show on the nose of this bottling by winemaker Scott Shirley. The palate truly shines, with flavors of chocolate syrup-covered cherries rolled in fresh mint, espresso beans, charred pine and tannins that wake up the mouth and hold its attention.” —Matt Kettmann, August 2015

  • Wine Spectator 91 points

    2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    “Rich and layered on entry, with tiers of blackberry, wild berry, gravelly earth and light spicy oak. Folds together nicely, ending with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2024.” —James Laube, November 2015