92+ points- Wine Advocate
Showing classic Red Mountain characteristics of dusty earth, graphite, savory fruits and dried violets, the 800-case 2013 Ciel du Cheval is medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant and layered on the palate, with present, savory tannin. More closed, reticent and restrained aromatically, this beauty needs 4-5 years of cellaring and will keep through 2033. Made from 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 35% new oak, this is one of the cases where the terroir supercedes the variety. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033.