Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Chocolate covered berries, roasted coffee and light caramel are rich and inviting on the nose. It opens soft on the palate with flavors of roasted red and black fruits, backed by firm minerality and nutmeg. A leathery texture is grippy throughout. (Jun 2016)
Vinous 90 points - Brilliant ruby. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented cherry and red berry scents take a darker turn and pick up a floral nuance with air. Smooth and smoky on the palate, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors plus hints of vanilla and licorice. The long, gently tannic finish repeats the cherry note.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Juicy black cherry and plum flavors are deepened by licorice, cocoa and mineral notes in this expressive red. The structure is balanced, showing good grip on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 12,500 cases imported.-TM
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(WS91) A silky red, offering fresh fruit flavors of plum and blackberry, with espresso and licorice notes. Firm, bright and balanced, with a perfumed, floral finish.