95 POINTS, Vinous. "The 2017 Red Wine Ciel du Cheval blends equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc from this outstanding site on Red Mountain. On the nose, it develops creosote tones alongside red florals, wintergreen, cigar and suggestions of Asian spices that all take shape in the glass. The palate is seamless and soft, delivering rich red and dark fruit flavors alongside black licorice and a hint of menthol."
94 POINTS, The Wine Advocate. "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!"
93 POINTS, Jeb Dunnuck. "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."
This wine shows off the gorgeous fruit qualities (currant, red cherries) that pair up seamlessly with the notes of leafy herbs, cassis, graphite and floral tones. There is a plushness and concentration that exemplifies the great texture and endless finish...
97 POINTS, Jeb Dunnuck. "The flagship from this great estate is the 2018 Sorella, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend (8% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot and the 4% Petit Verdot) that spent the same 22 months in 35% new French...
This Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made by the talented duo of Charles Smith and Charles Bieler. The wine hits you like a bolt of lightning with bold, rich and textured black fruits, plum and cherry notes, yet remains wonderfully...