This sultry K-J AVANT Red Blend wine is a mosaic of French varieties focusing on Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, with a solid base of Merlot. Soft tannins with layers of plum, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, and hints of vanilla and chocolate, combine to create a wine that is smooth and fruit forward. Perfect for a celebration with friends or a fun night in. --Winemaker
Their inexpensive 42,000-case cuvée of 2012 Proprietary Red Avant is dominated by 60.4% Merlot, and the rest decreasing percentages of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and miscellaneous grapes. Little new oak is used, about 11% total. The wine has a deep ruby/plum color, lots of sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, dusty soil undertones, and a bit of pepper and spice. Ripe, medium-bodied, exuberant and fruity, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.
Score: 87 points
-- Robert M. Parker Jr., RobertParker.com, Dec 2014