Reviews for this vintage: 2012
JamesSuckling.com, Jul 2015
“This young red shows porcini mushroom and dark fruit character. Hints of forest floor too. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Give it time to soften a little but very pretty. A blend of mostly cabernet franc with some merlot and cabernet sauvignon.” – James Suckling
Wine Advocate, Oct 2014
There are 550 cases of the 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Devils' Peak, a blend of 68% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This beauty exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with notes of blueberries, black raspberries, cedarwood and Christmas spice. Round, generous and medium to full-bodied, this soft, sexy red is ideal for drinking now and over the next 7-8 years. This is the Napa outpost of the Terlato family from Chicago. Tony Terlato and his children are icons/legends in the fine wine business having started Paterno Wine Imports and building it into a commercial powerhouse. There interests extend to producing wines in California, and they have acquired a number of estates, most notable Chimney Rock, and also produce wines from Terlato Family Vineyards.
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Wine Spectator, Nov 2012
Firm, with a mix of spice, fresh-turned earth, dried berry and sage. Maintains focus and fine balance, ending with crushed rock and tobacco. Should gain with time. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021. 909 cases made.
Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2013
This Cabernet Franc-based blend has rich flavors of red and black cherry jam, cherry liqueur and tobacco. The oak influence shows in the form of toastiness and wood spiciness. With its smooth tannins, this wine will drink well now with a great steak. —S.H. abv: 14.4% Price: $48
Wine Enthusiast, Mar 2012
A Bordeaux blend based on Cabernet Franc, this savory wine has rich flavors of baked black cherry pie, with the crust. The firm edge of tannins gives it a dry astringency, and it's clean and balanced throughout. Doesn't seem like an ager, though, so drink now-2013.
Wine Spectator, Jul 2011
A Bordeaux-inspired, Cabernet Franc-anchored wine of elegance and finesse, this is supple and fleshy, marked by roasted herb, cedar, mineral, dried berry and graphite flavors. Full-bodied, with black cherry, plum and spice notes peaking through on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2019. 812 cases made.
WineReviewOnline.com, Nov 2009
94 Points It is one thing to aspire to stand alongside the great growths of Bordeaux, quite another thing to deliver. Terlato's Devils' Peak — a Bordeaux-style blend along the lines of the giant of St. Emilion, Cheval Blanc — does so in stunning fashion with a blend that is dominated by Cabernet Franc. Sixty-six percent to be precise, with 23 percent Merlot and the remainder bits of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Aficionados may recall that a typical vintage of Cheval Blanc is roughly two-thirds Cab Franc and the remainder Merlot. The similarity hardly ends there. Devils' Peak is the epitome of elegance, exhibiting exceptional balance, with firm structure and length, gorgeous notes of blueberry and spice and a subtle whiff of violets. There is a back note of vanillin that hints of the oak without overwhelming the fruit. Well done. More wines like this, please!
WineReviewOnline.com, Jun 2007
Devils' Peak, the second in the Peak" series from Terlato
Fra Noi, Dec 2007
Tart and forward, red fruit featuring plums, black cherry, and cassis. Soft finish.