Wine Spectator 92 points - The core of blackberry, black Mission fig and mulled currant fruit is ripe and rich, but restrained, while maduro tobacco, loam and dark olive notes weave around the edges. The long, grippy finish is well-integrated. Offers a nice combination of purity and power. Equal parts Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2013. 2,080 cases made.-JM
(May 31 2010)
Vinous 92 points - (a 50/50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and carmenere) Opaque ruby. Exotic scents of black raspberry, cherry, fruitcake, peppery spices and violet; smells almost syrah-like. Lush, sappy dark fruit flavors display liqueur-like depth but are light on their feet, with tangy minerality adding lift and cut. An impressively rich but suave blend with excellent finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2006 Neyen is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere raised in 70% new French oak for twelve to fourteen months. It has a fresh, elegant bouquet with dark plum and black cherries that combine well with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly astringent tannins. It seems to lack a little flesh and elegance towards the finish, which is a little disappointing after such an attractive bouquet. Drink now-2015. (Dec 2012)