Wine Spectator 91 points - Velvety, round and dense, with licorice accents to the smoky black currant and dried plum flavors, picking up floral notes as the finish pushes against a light veil of firm tannins. Best from 2016 through 2021. 6,700 cases made.-HS
(Dec 15 2014)
Vinous 89 points - (14.5% alcohol): Bright, saturated red-ruby. Cassis, lead pencil and dark chocolate on the expressive nose, along with fresh herbs and sexy caramel/mocha oak. Plush and sweet but not sloppy in the mouth, with soft, harmonious acidity giving shape to the dark berry and sweet oak flavors. Finishes with serious, dusty, tongue-coating tannins that turned a bit drier with air. Still, I find this accessible now.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points - Inky purple/black color. Leafy, brambles, berry vine aromas are vegetal and minty. Composed, integrated flavor profile features mint, cassis, black raspberry, black plum tastes that are tannic, austere, yet ripe and supple. (Jun 2014)