Wine Advocate 98pts: "As usual, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a fabulous effort. The debut vintage of this cuvee was 2004, which is still quite young (I recently rated it 95). From the Oakville appellation, it is aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels, but sadly, only about 260 cases are made. The 2010 boasts beautiful notes of fruitcake, espresso roast, chocolate and black currants in its complex, full-bodied, concentrated, multi-dimensional personality. There is a huge up-side to this beauty as the tannins have not yet fully resolved. Give it another few years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades or more. (RP)"
Vinous 96pts: "Iron, graphite and a host of ferrous notes open up in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard. This is a distinctly savory, mineral-driven Cabernet long on intensity, power and depth. The most virile of the 2010 Ramey Cabernets, the 2010 is going to require a measure of patience. On this day, the 2010 Pedregal is a bit less expressive than it has been in the past. David Ramey elected to blend in 15% Petit Verdot, which is on the high side, and may explain the wine's reticence at this stage of the wine's development. (AG)"
IWC 93pts: "(includes 15% petit verdot; 100% new oak): Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit aromas show an exotic peaty quality and suggestions of incense, violet and Indian spices. Deeply pitched cassis and blueberry flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance with aeration. The spice and blue fruit notes dominate the finish, which is firmed by youthful but harmonious tannins. While I have no doubt that this wine is built to age it's pretty showy already. (ST)"
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