WA (94-97) Another big, meaty and decadent 2014 from Stephan, his 2014 Estate Cuvee sports an inky purple color to go with classic cassis and dark fruits, big minerality, graphite and hints of violets. Beautifully concentrated, textured and even elegant, with a lightness to its texture that keeps you coming back to the glass, it should be surprisingly approachable in its youth yet cruise for 10-15 years in the cellars. While the 2013s are small step back from Stephan’s insanely good 2012s, they’re still near the top of the hierarchy in Paso Robles. I tasted the 2014s from barrel and they might just rival the 2012s. The Estate Cuvée is 35% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. 15.4% ABV.