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2013 The Farm "The Big Game" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1399692 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 The Big Game, a blend of 46% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot, reveals a lovely perfume of star anise, potpourri and dried roses over a core of blackberry preserves, cassis and mulberries, plus hints of forest floor, cloves and dried herbs. Full-bodied and densely laden with gregarious fruit and spice layers, it has a great structure of ripe, rounded tannins and plenty of vitality in the long finish. (LPB)  (10/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Deeper in color than the Cardinal cuvée, the 2013 The Big Game is 46% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot that spent 27 months in a mix of new and once-used French oak. It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, blackberries, peppery spice and leafy herbs. Deep, rich and beautifully textured on the palate, with plenty of structure, it will continue drinking well through 2023. This estate was created in 2009 by Santiago Achaval of Argentina’s Achaval-Ferrer. These are first rate wines possessing classic, elegant characters as well as ample fruit.  (8/2017)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Not a hunting reference exactly even though The Big Game, does have something to do with making bears feel bad, this wine, from a Stanford grad whose memories of The Farm live happily on, cuts a fine line between inside humor and out and out Petite Sirah potency, and if those disparate elements seem to be lacking something on the sequitur front, the wine is not. It follows from front to back with deep, ripe, reasonably fruit-driven notes. It is far more supple in texture than so many of its admirable concentration, and yet it does sport plenty of tannin for its sins. With balance and even a hint of polish, it could be a wine for the near- to mid-term, but our inclination is to let it sit quietly in a cool, dark place for at least half a decade and we will not be surprised to see it last longer. *Two Stars*  (3/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Ripe dark fruit and floral scents pick up pipe tobacco, vanilla and succulent herb nuances as the wine opens up. Sappy, concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering intense blackberry, bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Youthfully taut on the sharply focused and impressively persistent finish, which features dusty tannins and lingering mint and mocha nuances. (JR)  (11/2017)


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