(2012 Vintage) Compelling aromas of chili pepper, nuts, beeswax and dark fruits with dried strawberries. Hints of black olives and meat. Full body with extremely thick, silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This is layered and so structured, with fabulous length and density. Savory. Chocolate powder at the end.
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) "Beautiful aromas of blackberry, dried currant and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Wonderful texture. Focused, refined aftertaste of blackberry, brown sugar and spices. Merlot. Best after 2010. 680 cases made. - JS"
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 133 Dark red with purple highlights. Very pure, highly complex aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, espresso and dark chocolate, with the telltale licorice component of this wine. Rich yet lithe on the palate, with juicy black and red fruit flavors complicated by black truffle and minerals. Extremely long, silky-smooth finish features seamless tannins. (Winebow, Inc., Hohokus, NJ)
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/07
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/98.