Scorched earth, graphite, smoke, lavender, plums and blueberry jam race across the palate in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon. A big, dramatic wine, the 2013 is endowed with explosive energy to burn. Orange peel, flowers, mint and sweet spices give the 2013 an extra kick of lift to balance the sheer opulence of the fruit. The French oak is much better balanced here than in the 2012, which helps convey a more classic style throughout, but it is still quite evident.
Score: 94 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Sept 2015