#10) 2013 Amapola Creek Cuvee Alis Sonoma Valley Estate
The 2013 Cuvee Alis opens in the style of the great Rhone wines of France that are made from the same varieties; subtle at the start, with a slow build towards an exquisite display of aromatics. At the front of the nose you will notice a gentle note of kirsch liqueur with a very subtle hint of lavender and pepper. Take a few moments with the glass, and you will see the aromatic profile begin to develop dramatically, with notes of big, bold, ripe summer berries. Take a sip, and you will find dark black cherries wrapped up in a full, round body of silky tannins. Note the depth of the fruit character on the palate; this is a multifaceted wine that redefines itself again and again over the course of a glass.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 92 Points
The 2013 Cuvée Alis Estate (66% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah) is a hefty, high-octane style (15.6% alcohol) with loads of kirsch liqueur, pepper, lavender, earth and underbrush. It is Provençal, deep, full-bodied, and a total lusty treat. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.