One of the six “Napa Valley Super-seconds” according to Robert M. Parker and Antonio Galloni. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from barrels not culled for the flagship cuvées.
Vinous (Jan. 2021)
Review by Antonio Galloni
The 2018 Prince of Hearts is dark, sensual, and inviting. Merlot plays the leading role in the 2018, giving the wine striking depth, texture, and resonance. Dark cherry, mocha, spice, and new leather all flesh out in this pliant, super-expressive wine. All the elements are so impeccably balanced. The vintage was generous and there was too much Merlot for the flagship wines, so most of it went into the Prince of Hearts. The 2018 is a fabulous edition.
International Wine Report
Review by Joe D’Angelo
The 2018 Prince of Hearts Red is a wonderful showing in this vintage. As it unwinds in the glass, it releases inviting aromas of blackberries and crème de cassis, laced with sweet violets, spices, and crushed gravel that all take shape beautifully. The palate is medium-plus bodied, with gorgeous velvety tannins and lovely overall finesse and balance through the finish. While this is a pleasure to approach in its youth, it should also go on to offer years of drinking pleasure as it evolves over the next decade and beyond.
Jebb Dunnuck Report (Jan. 2021)
Review by Jeb Dunnuck
Checking in as an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 1% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Prince of Hearts offers a stunning, Bordeaux-like nose of red and black currants, new leather, lead pencil, graphite, and bouquet garni. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture, classy background oak, and a great finish, this head turner has plenty of richness, yet it is the balance, purity, and texture that keep you coming back to the glass. Bravo!