Coming back at you is the 2010 The Knockout. With a beautiful, dark purple color and deep-toned aromatics of espresso and molasses, this wine floats like a butterfly, yet stings like a bee. Licorice and violets, combined with a rich marzipan and huckleberry-blackberry mix, hits your palate and continues on to a voluptuous, solid finish of crème de cassis. This exquisite wine packs a wallop of flavor.
The Wine Advocate #204
December 2012 (93 points) – Antonio Galloni
Drink: 2013 - 2018
One of the juicier and more immediate wines in this lineup, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon The Knockout bursts from the glass with generous black fruit, tar, asphalt, licorice and violets, all in a round, supple style that is highly appealing. The Knockout is rich, inviting and very nicely balanced. Layers of expressive blue and black fruit flow through to the creamy finish. This is one of the more overt, ripe wines in the lineup, but once again, the balance is superb.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
May/June 2013 (93) points) – Stephen Tanzer
Bright medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of cassis, licorice and black pepper. Bright, juicy and tightly wound, creamy and concentrated on the one hand and spicy and high-pitched on the other, with black fruit flavors dominating. This impressively fresh cabernet finishes with a serious spine of fine-grained tannins and sneaky lingering sweetness. A superb showing today.
Wine Spectator Online
November 15, 2013 (92 points) – James Laube
A plush, opulent style, featuring generous dark berry, spice, mocha, tea and cedar notes, this is deftly balanced, graceful and elegant, with the tannins imparting good grip. Drink now through 2024.