88 Points, The Wine Advocate - A California Cotes du Rhone look-alike, the 2012 Mountain Cuvée is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Zinfandel and the rest small dollops of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec aged 14 months in mostly French oak. It reveals spicy, peppery, meaty notes intermixed with hints of Provenšal herbs, dense black cherry and plum-like fruit, medium to full body, an attractive texture, and a seductive finish.
Mountain Cuvee is a modern American blend that pays homage to the classic red clarets made famous by the vignerons of southwest France. A serious yet easy-drinking red blend, loaded with lush black plum, blackberry, and creamy cocoa flavors, with accents of smoke and black tea. Juicy, creamy and round mouthfeel with soft tannins supporting generous fruit. The long finish is full of dense berries and mocha flavors. A rich, fruit-forward wine intended to be enjoyed within five years of vintage.