($48) Medium red. Musky, reduced aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, meat, smoke and underbrush. Big, fat and smooth; velvety and soft. Could use more definition but this is a big mouthful of exotic, smoky wine, with sexy oak spices of star anise and clove. Finishes with lush tannins and very good length. This, along with the Clos Pepe Vineyard bottling, is the highest in alcohol of the current Loring releases at 15.2% but a few of the others are listed as 15.1%.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
A fragrant, delicate style, with ripe, vivid, juicy black cherry, blackberry and wild berry flavors that are beautifully defined. The aromas include a scent of lavender and berry, and the tannins are fine-grained, leaving the fruit to shine on the finish. 300 cases made.
Author: James Laube
Burghound | Rating: 87
This is distinctly ripe but still fresh with blackberry, spice and an interesting liqueur-like note that leads to rich, sweet and nicely intense middle weight flavors that offer a clean but somewhat edgy finish. While there is some finishing warmth that is by no means invisible, this is really quite light on its feet for the alcohol that it's reportedly carrying. I would give this one year in the bottle to round off just a trace of finishing bitterness and then drink over the next 2 to 4.