JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset Reviews
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 The Surrealist Proprietary Red—a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Petit Verdot—opens with a very spicy nose with earth and pepper aromas and notions of cassis, black berries, cedar and toast, with hints of violets and menthol. Rich, spicy and opulent in the full-bodied mouth with firm, wonderfully ripe tannins, this is super intense and powerful with a long, licorice-laced finish. 350 cases were made.
A blend of 67% Petite Sirah and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Proprietary Red Knockout has an opaque purple-black color and nose of baked plums and blackberry preserves with spice box, violets, licorice and sandalwood. Full, rich and concentrated in the mouth with a firm, chewy texture, it's long, layered and quite earthy on the finish. Only 78 cases produced.
A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah and 11% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Leopard is deep garnet-purple in color with very pretty red and black currants, spice box and pepper notes plus hints of smoked meats and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, understated, savory, fresh and grainy, it's minerally with a long and perfumed finish. 192 cases produced.
Made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and sporting a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon No. 1 gives up a very fragrant nose of red and black currants with violets, dried herbs, spices and a slightly meaty note. Medium to full-bodied, firm, fresh and lively, it's refined and mineral-tinged, offering great intensity, vibrancy and a long finish. Only 188 cases were made.
Containing a 4% splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Franc No. 17 has a gorgeous red currants, blackberries and black cherries nose with bay leaves, pencil lead, cedar and roses hints. Medium-bodied, fine, refreshing and elegant, it's silky textured and lively, finishing very long and minerally. Only 70 cases were made.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant scent of black cherry, spice, herbs and beechwood. Lighter styled, with earthy flavors of cherry and raspberry, and an array of savory spices and herbs. The savory and fruit components compliment each other and the wine picks up interest over time in the glass. Drinking well now, with easygoing, fine-grain tannins, and a bright, uplifting finish.
The 2013 Pinot Noir No. 11 from Sonoma Coast is a darker-fruited and deeper-colored, more Côte de Nuits style of Pinot Noir with a broader mouthfeel, more savory, complex richness, notes of forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherries, and loads of personality and character. This is a beauty, and seductive. Drink it over the next decade.