2010 Labor of Love
This is our second effort from the Martinez Vineyard high on Pritchard Hill, and wow, are we ever glad we landed here! Comprised of 78% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, exclusively from this estate, this wine embodies the essence of terroir. Earthy notes of tobacco, loam and forest floor are balanced with floral characteristics of violets and orchids. Rich, ripe plums and blueberries are present in the mouth with notes of espresso and chocolate covered cherries. This well-structured wine has round, integrated tannins and will age beautifully, if you have the patience!
- 78% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot
320 cases produced
The Wine Advocate #204
December 2012 (93 points) – Antonio Galloni
Drink: 2014 - 2024
The Cabernet Franc-based 2010 Red Blend Labor of Love is one of the more tightly wound wines in this lineup. Precise and beautifully articulated, the 2010 stands out for its length and sheer purity of fruit. Anise, roses, and raspberry jam are some of the aromas and flavors that flow through to the bright, nuanced finish. There is a centeredness to the 2010 that is highly appealing. Labor of Love is 78% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
May/June 2013 (92 (+?) points) – Stephen Tanzer
Bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits and violet. Tightly wound and floral, showing great intensity, tension and grip to its flavors of blackberry, violet, licorice, mocha and cola. Slightly dominated by its spine today but finishes with impressive medicinal reserve, tooth-dusting tannins and captivating lingering perfume. Les Behrens ages the cabernet franc component in new Nadalie barrels with a Burgundy toast. Entirely from Pritchard Hill fruit.