(From 2012 Vintage) A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of dried blueberries and fresh blackberries, then a myriad of spices, lavender and black cherry. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIt comes with a premium price, and its riveting richness, sheer sense of scale and inarguable depth go a long way in justifying its expense, but we would side with those who find the wine a bit overdone and too roughened by tannin and heat. Time in the cellar is certain to smooth out many of its edges, but its hard-charging ripeness and undisguised alcohols seem an indelible stamp and indicate service with appropriately robust and full-flavored foods.