2013 Crown Point Relevant Red Blend

Year: 2013
Appellation: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 91+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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$129.95

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"A blend that doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Aromas of black cherry and fruitcake spice lead to dense, plump flavors that have a touch of oaky sweetness. Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 382 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"The inky colored, rich, massively concentrated 2013 Relevant checks in as a mix of 30% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent over two years in new oak. It has overflowing amounts of black and blue fruits, scorched earth, licorice, creamy licorice and chocolate to go with a full-bodied, rich, chewy, if not chunky style on the palate. Nevertheless, it certainly packs a wealth of fruit and texture, and should age for a decade or more.

A new project covering 37 acres in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County AVA, Crown Point was created in 2012 by Roger Bower, and the wines are made by Adam Henkel. Their 2014s are more successful than the 2013s, and I'm sure the best is yet to come here." (WA)

"The 2013 Proprietary Estate Blend Relevant is a blend of Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A host of black cherry, smoke, tar, licorice, charcoal and melted road tar open up first. Beams of firm tannin need time to soften and also suggest the wine is still finding its way after bottling. Still, there is plenty to look forward to. " (VM)

"Syrah may count for nearly one third of its cépage, but this proprietary blend will disappoint those looking for Rhône-like spice, and it is instead a wide-open, lavishly oaked, highly extracted wine that is brimming with juicy, blackberry fruit. It is plush and big-bodied stuff, and, if likely to strike some as being too much of a good thing, it is sure to delight those who prize richness above all. It is ambitious stuff, and it is tasty right now, but it has the tannic foundation and balance to age effortlessly for years. Reviewed: July 2017" (CG)

"This is the first ultraluxury release from this label by entrepreneur Roger Bower and winemaker Adam Henkel, and the blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunner. Dark as night and extremely viscous in the glass, this shows deep blueberry, uncrushed peppercorns and touches of smoked meat on the nose. Thick and lush flavors of blueberry, smoked coffee bean and roasted meat jump onto the palate with glee. This attention-grabber will last for years, but it is very accessible out of the gates." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2013 Crown Point Relevant Red is a proprietary estate blend intended to capture the essence of the property while showcasing the distinct characteristics of the different grape varieties that make up this cuveé. The wine possesses an opaque black/purple color along with an elegant perfume of violets, as well as hints of blackberry and cassis liqueurs. The palate shows off great fruit density and concentration, with a precision, freshness and refined level of tannins that are indicative of an optimal drinking window beginning in 2018 and continuing to improve until at least 2025.