COLOUR: Vibrant, deep rich red
BOUQUET: A nose of ripe cherries, plums, dark chocolate and Christmas cake spice.
PALATE: A middle palate of vibrant, dark berry fruit is supported by clearly defined yet elegant tannin framework and some balanced acidity to provide structure and length.
Wine Spectator 92 Points
Smooth and spicy, with distinctive black olive and tar overtones to the blackberry and spice flavors, finishing with supple texture and refinement. Drink now through 2018. 22,000 cases made. –HS
International Wine Cellar 90 Points
Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of cassis, cherry-cola and candied licorice show very good energy and a peppery nuance. Sweet, expansive and lively, offering potent dark fruit flavors and showing silky, seamless texture. Lingers on a spicy note, with excellent focus and tenacity.-JR