Jeb Dunnuck (97 points):
"Reminding me of one of the Sélections Parcellaires Hermitage from Michel Chapoutier, the 2016 Ventoux Divergente is 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was mostly destemmed and brought up in foudre. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, peppered meats, graphite, and liquid rock notes all flow to a fat, unctuous, sexy Syrah that has beautiful acidity, fine tannin, and a huge finish. It's a true “Wow” wine that needs to be tasted to be believed. Put this in a blind lineup of top Hermitage and shock all your friends."
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate (93-95 points):
"A true vin de garde, the exciting 2016 Ventoux Divergente is made from a small parcel of small-berried Syrah (Sérine) planted in 1955 and fermented and aged in large-format oak. The inky purple color is extraordinary, as is the incredibly rich texture. Aromatically, it clearly needs some time to open up, as it's dominated by scents of asphalt and black olive when first poured, only gradually revealing hints of dark berry fruit. Still, the potential here is obvious, more obvious still on the long finish, which manages to be simultaneously mouthwatering and mouth-drying. It's a tour de force and a new reference point for Ventoux."