92 points Jeb Dunnuck (Was Wine Advocate)
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Lover's Spell is inspired by Aindrajala, the KamaSutra Art of Magic. The label features a International Champion of Magic, David Minkin. David Minkin's "Evening of Enchantment" is more than a show. It's an experience.
Lover's Spell invites you in with the succulent aromas of fresh figs and Damson plums. Subtle hints of cigar box, cedar wood, and violet are revealed in layers rewarding continued study of the wine's nose. On the palate, those dark fruits continue to develop into flavors of black cherry and cassis. This pleasing entry, generous with fruit, continues broaden in the mouth, revealing a rich, coating mouthfeel. Ample structure drives each sip to its finish, with pleasant, refined tannins lingering long after the wine is gone.
Harvested between September 14 and October 14, 2015, the lots for the 2015 Lover’s Spell were fermented and macerated on skins for 19 to 35 days. The fermentations occurred in 1-ton bins that were manually punched down 2-3 times daily.
LXV Umami Blend - black truffle salt, himalayan pink salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cocoa, vanilla, sarsaparilla
Foods that call for a wine with heartiness and structure, but not astringency - Braised meats (beef or venison), roasted meats, briskets, mushroom sauce.
Aphrodisiac Pairings: Smokey Blue Cheese, Bone Marrow, Pan Forte
Sprinkle a little on any course: With bread and butter, on some fresh steamed vegetables, with popcorn, on mushroom ravioli. You could even sneak it into your creme brulee for a little sultry depth.
VARIETALS 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Syrah
APPELLATION Paso Robles, California
AGING Aged entirely in 225L French oak barriques for 18 months prior to bottling. Approximately 15% of the oak was new.