91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors?
Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...
“After nearly two years your favorite Wine Spectator Top 100 wine is back! If you loved the 2007 ‘Impostor’ we are certain you will adore the 2008 vintage. You don’t have to wonder what’s behind the façade of this wine; we’ll let you in on the secret. The blend has changed a bit this time around, but the same 1% Viognier is the secret to producing an intriguing and delightful quaff.” – Jeff Cohn
The 2008 Impostor is as loaded as a wine can get. Full of over-the-top dark fruits and mysterious aromatics of spiced plum, wild game, graphite and dried currant. It gains depth and traction on the finish with complex minerality and chewy tannin.
An eccentric and fun drinking experience, with aromas of huckleberry, smoke and fruitcake leading to zesty, powerful blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors. The tannins sneak in on the finish. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Roussanne. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made. 90 Pts–TF
2010 The Impostor
Loaded with fruit and personality, this offers aromas of spicy cinnamon and smoky wild berry that lead to ripe, jammy and layered flavors of raspberry and toasty vanilla. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2020. 1,080 cases made.—T.F
"Exotic and altogether distinctive, with aromas of smoky black cherry and asian spice that lead to rich, lush flavors of huckleberry and date bread. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Vigonier. Drink now through 2017."— T.F
JC CELLARS The Impostor California 2008 Score: 91 | $35 Rich and exotic, but complex and well-focused. Aromas of blackberry and smoky charcuterie lead to layered and ultraripe flavors of boysenberry, toasty caramel and Asian spices. Appealingly distinctive. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Carignane, Grenache and Viognier. Drink now through 2015. 1,200 cases made. —T.F.
The 2008 Imposter Proprietary Red (39% Zinfandel, 29% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah and the rest Tempranillo and Carignan) has turned out brilliantly. An earthy, peppery, spicy nose is followed by a dense purple-colored wine exhibiting blueberries, black raspberries, cherries and loamy soil underbrush-like notes. This Provencal-styled red can be drunk over the next 3-4 years.
Fortunately, there is enough of the 2007 The Imposter (a 659-case blend of 32% Petite Sirah, 31% Syrah, 30% Zinfandel, 5% Mourvedre, and 2% Viognier) that some readers may be able to latch on to a few bottles. Its inky/purple hue is followed by a wine with dense, full-bodied flavors, along with notes of graphite, creme de cassis, blackberries, pepper, and camphor. This beauty should drink well for 7-8 years.
As exotic as it is potent, with deep blackberry liqueur, sandalwood
and wild game aromas and rich, ripe cassis, blueberry and licorice
flavors that power on toward the bold, spicy finish. Zinfandel,
Mourvédre, Petite Syrah and Syrah. Drink now through 2012. Tasted twice
with consistent notes. 1,143 cases made.
Its curious moniker suggests that this wine is somehow not what it
seems, but there is little doubt that big Zin it is, and it is very
much driven by ripeness. It leads with concentrated aromas of sweet
berries, briar and cream, and it follows on with ripe berry flavors
that are generously filled out with oak. Very rich, but at the same
time just a touch heavy, it has the extract needed to hide its high
alcohols, and it avoids the common big-Zin pitfalls of coarseness and