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Review from Antonio Galloni of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

January 20, 2012

2009  Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon
Review by: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate: # 198 (Dec 2011)
Rating: 94
Cost: $125
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon caresses the palate with deep layers of dark red fruit, rose petals, smoke and espresso. It is a bit more voluptuous and sexy than the 2008 in its sleek, polished personality. All of the elements flow gracefully to the huge, textured finish. The 2009 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot  Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019

2009  Carte Blanche Proprietary Red
Review by: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate: # 198 (Dec 2011)
Rating: 93
Cost: $95
The 2009 Proprietary Red comes across as quite sumptuous. It lacks some of the classicism of the 2008. Instead, readers will find a wine loaded with dark red fruit, smoke, tar, incense and licorice. This is bigger than the 2008 but not quite as delineated. It makes up for that with gorgeous richness and balance. The 2009 is 47% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.