September 12, 2016
Another racy, expressive wine from Carte Blanche, the 2013 Proprietary Red Wine is beautifully perfumed throughout. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, mint, spice and sweet floral notes are woven together in a sensual, supple wine that will drink well pretty much upon release. The blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc works quite well here.—Antonio Galloni
March 11, 2016
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Hot Off the Press!
February 29, 2016
2012 Red Scores
February 3, 2016
Vinous / Antonio Galloni | 2012 Proprietary Red – 94 Points
A great example of the vintage at its best, the 2012 Proprietary Red Wine exudes richness and voluptuousness. A host of sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and spices notes open up, with expressive aromatics that add a gorgeous top register. The positive reputation of the vintage is built on wines like this that offer tremendous radiance and near term appeal.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 Points
Dark, powerful and intense, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is laced with black cherry, plum, leather, smoke, licorice, tar, smoke and savory herbs. Plump and expressive, with a good range of textures and flavors, the 2012 is a delicious Cabernet to drink now and over the next decade.
Wine Spectator | 2012 Proprietary Red – 93 Points
Herbal and cedary in a pleasant way, rich and full-bodied, with juicy blackberry, cherry, currant and loamy earth notes. The flavors fairly coat the palate, revealing uncommon depth and density. Very chewy on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2030.
Helen on the cover of Wine Spectator June 15, 2014
September 12, 2014
February 20, 2014
Though 2010 was a challenging harvest year, more often than not, something hard earned can taste all the better. Such is the case with several California Rhone style wines, including our 2010 Bennett Valley Three Peaks Syrah, which just received 94 points in the March issue of Wine Spectator!
As noted by writer James Laube, “Though 2011 was the most problematic year in a decade for many producers, there are more bright spots than expected…In many ways, California Rhônes are at the cutting edge not only of grapegrowing and winemaking, but also of how Golden State producers market their wines.”
December 31, 2013
Check out Robb Report’s “Season’s Sipping” article. Our Carte Blanche 2010 Chardonnay made the mag’s “Top 100 Outstanding Holiday Wines” list, as noted under the full-bodied whites. Cheers! (or Happy 2014!) View article.
Wine Spectator – New & Noteworthy
November 18, 2013
Check out the recent Nov. 15 coverage on Nick in Wine Spectator, which states, “Few vintners grew up drinking classified-growth Bordeaux with dinner, but for Nicholas Allen it was a family tradition…Allen spent a decade in the real estate industry before turning to wine, launching his California label, Carte Blanche, in 2007… He leases the properties he sources, which gives him more flexibility when putting together the final blends.”
The September and October 2013 issues of Wine Spectator featured exciting reviews of our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley and the 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Nobles Ranch Vineyard:
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($125), 91 points, 400 cases
“This pure red delivers ripe plum and red berry fruit, offering notes of crushed rock, loamy dried herbs and cedar. Ends with chewy tannins, showing an impressive push of flavors on the finish. Drink now through 2023.”
2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Nobles Ranch Vineyard ($75), 93 points, 125 cases
“This red exhibits a stylish mix of ripe, rich cherry, raspberry, red candy and floral scents, turning creamy and layered. Ends with a long, persistent finish that echoes fruit and light oak. Drink now through 2022.”
TALKING ABOUT TANZER…
August 8, 2013
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar recently reviewed our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley at 93 points: “Good bright, deep ruby. Sexy crushed blackberry, blueberry, minerals, bitter chocolate and violet on the youthfully medicinal nose. The palate is dominated by medicinal black fruit (from the petit verdot component?) and bitter chocolate flavors, yet comes across as broad, sweet and tactile, with dense, chocolatey tannins giving the wine a solid underpinning for further development in bottle. An excellent showing today.”
From the Vine
July 15, 2013
We’re well into the summer season here in Napa, and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the growing season. Early warm weather this spring rendered a quick start to our vines, showing healthy shoots, prosperous flowering, and cluster set! Low frost, minimal rain, and steady days of warm weather have positioned the 2013 vintage to be similar to the beginning of 2012.