2012 DeLille Cellars "Doyenne-Aix" Red Mountain Red Blend

SKU #1268256 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Once you move east out of the Southern Rhone Valley and into Provence, you hit the town of Aix-en-Provence, and you have a few producers who utilize Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine Trevallon being the most notable. Delille's Doyenne Aix is made in this image and is always a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Doyenne Aix (60/40 Syrah and Cabernet) is a one of the finest vintages of the cuvee to date and it offers full-bodied, rich, decadent notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, smoke tobacco, chocolate and roasted-garrigue characteristics. Concentrated, ripe and with solid mid-palate depth, it's also fresh, lively and beautifully balanced. It will be better with short-term cellaring, yet have 15 years of overall longevity. (JD)  (6/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Dark medium ruby. Cassis, black cherry, licorice, graphite and minerals on the very dark nose. Suave and juicy on the palate, conveying strong inner-mouth perfume to its black raspberry, mineral and sexy oak flavors. Finishes horizontal and very long, with substantial fine-grained tannins and terrific energy. A very successful blend combining the juicy generosity of Syrah with the structure of Cabernet. Sexy already but still very young. (ST)  (11/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Still coming into its own, this blend of Syrah (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon from top sites Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval, Upchurch and Klipsun vineyards offers reticent notes of blackberries, herbs and roasted meat. It's loaded with rich, powerful dark fruit flavors that linger on the finish. (SS)  (3/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Focused, generous and harmonious, weaving blueberry, currant, cocoa and cream flavors into a taut package that pushes against gritty tannins as the finish lingers. (HS)  (9/2015)

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