Color: intense ruby red with garnet reflections.
Bouquet: elegant, full, harmonious and persistent with suggestions of vanilla and raspberry.
Flavor: long and velvety, full, generous and warm.
Wine Spectator 90 points - This red has mellowed to a burnished glow of cherry, plum and oak spice flavors, all in harmony. There are still some tannins on the finish, but they are integrated and this shows class and complexity. Drink now through 2018. 19,166 cases made.-BS
(Oct 15 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - A brooding, masculine expression, this offers savory aromas of cured meat and smoked bacon, with bright fruit aromas of blackberry and soft cherry. The wine is thick, inky and structured on the close, with a point of bright acidity that gives it balance.
Wine & Spirits 90 points - With scents and flavors as black as ink when first poured, this wine’s tight reduction begins to relax into a bittersweet cocoa and black cherry intensity. The fruit lasts, tight, firm and juicy, ready to decant for grilled quail.