90 Points: Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Light, bright red. Aromas of fresh red berries and orange zest, complicated by suave floral and spice notes. Juicy, focused and energetic, offering sappy strawberry and raspberry flavors that pick up a deeper cherry quality with air. Shows smoke and spice notes on the finish, which lingers with very good tenacity.
Barrels: 22% new French oak, 11 months
Alcohol: 14 %
Clones: 75% Dijon 777
15% Dijon 114
4% Dijon 115
TA 5.3 g/L
Cases produced: 55
This cuvée is crafted solely from barrels dedicated to reserve rows within the vineyard where fruit is dropped to an average of 1.5 tons/acre. The blend takes its lead from the clone that excels in any given year which, in 2009, was the Dijon 777 known for its fleshy, black-fruit notes. The result is a full-bodied, aromatic wine with the ability to cellar.
Named for our son Mark, the Roman numeral denotes this vintage’s place in the series.