The Wine Advocate 94 (Case Special $449) A "Hall of Fame" Wine
The Wine Advocate (8/27/15): "A step up over the 2005 and rivaling the 2010, the 2003 Harmonie is a sensational blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that was raised in all new French Oak. Still youthful and fresh, with an inky purple color and lots of cassis, plums, violets, wild herbs, and leather, this full bodied, voluptuously styled beauty has brilliant concentration, a supple, pure texture, and a blockbuster finish. Up there with some of the best Bordeaux blends coming out of the Central Coast, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity through 2023." Still a scant few cases of this wine left! Don't miss your opportunity to experience one of the finest cabernet blends ever to come out of the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Wine Advocate 92 (Case Special $449) A Black Label Blackjack Gem !!
The Wine Advocate (8/27/15): "I'm always thrilled to be able to taste older releases. The 2005 Harmonie is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc that was aged in 100% new French oak. It offers classic cassis, lead pencil shavings, bay leaf and tobacco notes in a full-bodied ripe, layered, yet elegant style on the palate. Slightly less concentrated than the 2003, it's a beautiful Bordeaux blend that's fresh and lively. Feel free to drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade. Anticipated maturity through 2025."
Our Third "Black Label" Harmonie
Our first 100 percent Estate Grown Harmonie. A blend of 61% Estate grown Suicide Hill Cabernet Franc and 39% Estate Billy Goat Hill Merlot this is the Pomerol-St. Emilion style blend we set out to produce when we designed and planted Blackjack Ranch in 1996. We chose the specific location for the hillside Merlot and the hillside clay Cab Franc aiming for this wine. Reminiscent of a young Ausone beast this is one of very few of our wines which require patience. No matter how young any wine may be, I always enjoy opening one, revisiting it on the second and perhaps third night and getting a glimpse into its eventual aging evolution. This is fruit purity as clean as I have been able to offer you.
Robert Parker 92+ Points
One of the best values among our signature Harmonie blends. This wine is 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The formula for success was low yields. We limited our vines to 1.5 tons per acre early in the growing season in an attempt to capture the old-vine intensity. This strategy paid off handsomely when we harvested 100% fully ripe fruit. “A saturated dense dark color with sweet notes of crème de cassis intermixed with subtle smoke, graphite, licorice, lavender and mint. While deep, full-bodied, ripe and loaded, its high tannin level and structured style dictate cellaring this vintage for a minimum of 2-3 years. It should last for two decades.” The key description here is "high tannin level"; we affectionately call this wine a "whiplash red"! If you love a take-no-prisoners tannic backbone, this is your baby...
Robert Parker 94+ Points Points
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 220): "A shockingly good 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara County, the 2010 Harmonie sports a saturated purple color to go with the spectacular notes of cassis, blackberries, singed leather, ink, and licorice. Big, full bodied and concentrated, yet not the least bit cumbersome, this terrific 2010 has loads of sweet tannin, notable freshness and purity and a blockbuster finish." This is a "net priced" wine-no discounts apply.
Vintage #16 in a long line of highly successful Harmonie offerings. This one is straight off the top shelf. A "First Growth" effort. A very big, very pleasant surprise for us in that this version goes against all previous trends in blending by showcasing almost exclusively merlot! That's right; in 2012 our merlot drank like a cab! We didn't waste a minute in our decision to make it a singular bottling effort. Especially enjoyable over the course of a leisurely dinner, this wine just keeps showing off its layers: blue fruit, smoky sweet oak, and dark, exotic herbs. Displaying youth along with elegance, you can drink it for the next 10-15 delicious years!