Dark ruby in color, the 2017 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is dark-fruited with juicy black plum, blackberry essence and dark cherry with hints of currants and cassis. Soft aromas of red flowers and pencil shavings waft with a dusty tension. Medium to full-bodied, the wine shows precision with an elegant frame and sturdy tannins, ending with a long-lingering, mineral finish with high-tone red fruits of dark, dusty cherry skin and red plum skin. This will drink fantastically for the next decade, but it won't do you wrong if you open a bottle tomorrow. Bravo!
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 pts.
Ratcheting up the intensity, the 2017 Ciel Du Cheval offers a vibrant, exotic bouquet of flowers, orange blossom, tobacco, and assorted red and black fruits. It’s beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and has a perfumed, lifted, complex style that’s going to evolve for 15 years or more.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 93 pts.