Offering an exotic, complex bouquet of lavender, wild herbs, loamy earth and both red and black fruits, the 2013 Red Wine Blend Night Owl (55% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot) is medium-bodied, elegant, supple and finesse driven on the palate, with this darker, meaty, chocolaty, earthy core that comes out with additional time in glass. This is a sexy, forward effort that will nevertheless keep nicely for a decade given its purity and balance. Drink: 2016 – 2026.
- Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, March 2016.
The 2014 Red Wine Blend Night Owl comes from the estate vineyards and is a blend of 43% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot. Its deep purple/ruby-tinged color is followed by a terrific bouquet of cassis, ripe black cherries, licorice and wild herbs. Medium to full-bodied, supple and polished on the palate, with good acidity, it's another fabulous wine.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017
This wine has come from the earth in all senses. It is as complex as photosynthesis itself. Don’t be fooled by its delicate color; it will swoon you with earth, fire and sea. There is a bright quality to the wine, but the dark flavors persist of burnt orange, dark fruit, rhubarb. There is a strong mineraility in the finish. Pair with meat braised in fennel and orange or a triple cream garnished with chutney.
Aromas of wet stone graphite, apple blossom open up to flavors of bright Asian pear, and bergamot citrus notes remain high in the palate and end with a slight note of hazelnut.
William Kelly of the Wine Advocate, “A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Artist Series Morris Blend reproduces on its label an oil painting by the American Abstract Impressionist painter Carl Morris. The wine offers up attractive aromas of crushed cassis, pencil shavings and toasted gingerbread, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety palate with a deep core of savory fruit and youthfully chewy structuring tannins. The finish is long and nicely delineated. This was my favorite of these offerings from àMaurice Cellars, and I'd expect it to reach its peak in the next decade.” 93+PTS
William Kelly, The Wine Advocate
Jeb Dunnuck, “The 2015 Night Owl checks in as a blend of 32% Merlot, 30% Petit Verdot, 26% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged 23 months in 40% new French oak. It has a Saint Emilion-like style in its ripe red and black fruits, cedar pencil, dried earth, and spicy aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges, and ripe, present tannin, it's a beautiful wine from this team. It’s going to keep for a decade or more.” 94PTS
Jeb Dunnuck, 2018
The 2014 Fred is a brighter and more high toned than its predecessors. It is obvious from the moment it leaves the bottle with its bright red complexion. It still showcases the usual lavender oil and bright nose of the Tablas Creek clone, but it is expressing more red fruit notes. Bouncy and bright in the mouth while round and plush tannins maintain through to the end. Will drink well though 2020.
The inky, glass-staining purple colored 2014 Malbec Estate Amparo (100% Malbec) gives up notes of liquid blackberries and crushed rocks in its rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure style. With nicely integrated acidity and a clean finish, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.
- Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2017
Stephen Tanzer “Full medium ruby. Very dark aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and violet. Densely packed and fine-grained, conveying a sexy subtle sweetness to its seriously intense flavors of currant and dark chocolate. This is more pliant and rich at the same state than the 2014 bottling and longer on the aftertaste, finishing with plush, integrated tannins, sneaky length and no impression of heaviness. The best Malbec to date from Anna Schafer, who worked for Paul Hobbs in Argentina in 2006 and 2007 before returning to her family’s estate which had been established in 2004. I’d like to have tasted this alongside the better Argentine Malbecs I sampled earlier this year.” 91PTS
Jasmine leaps out of the glass and fills the nose. This golden yellow elixir is filled with papaya, honeydew melon and soft citrus like Meyer lemon. It is carried by the medium acidity for a white wine. With the same depth of structure as the Sparrow, but the Marsanne is the star. Will drink well through 2022, we will keep you posted if it maintains longer due to the Marsanne.
Nose…….Slight reduction, wet rock and peony flower.
Mouth…..The floral quality pursists in the mouth held up by soft round tannins, medium acidity. We continued to use a spontenous fermentation which in the tanks smells like roast acorn squash with a sprinkle of brown sugar. Although that primary note subsides in the wine, there is an earthy sweet character. We build our wines with bottle age in mind, so please decant. Optimum drinking window is 2020 – 2026.
àMaurice branded corkscrew! We talked with many of our sommelier friends before deciding on a corkscrew and they love this double hinged corkscrew!