90 pts Wine Advocate Issue #198 Dec 2011
Medium-deep garnet colored, the 2009 The Custodian Grenache offers a very spicy nose over notes of prunes, raspberry preserves and a whiff of sultanas. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of spicy, warm berry flavors, velvety tannins and balancing acidity, finishing long. Drink it now to 2016+.
90 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011
Deep, bright ruby. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet and plush but juicy, with supple texture to its flavors of cherry, red berries and candied rose. Creamy and open-knit, with very good immediate appeal. The sweet finish displays a lingering raspberry note.
90 pts wine Spectator 5/31/12
This has a big grip of tannins, but the underlying blackberry, smoke and tar flavors have focus, power and depth. The tannins are daunting, as this is supposed to be a drink-me-now wine. Best after 2014.