Good full red. Very ripe aromas of kirsch and chocolate; this needs more time to absorb its oaky torrefaction. Creamy-rich and dense in the mouth, with very good underlying structure to the ripe red cherry and mocha flavors. Finishes ripe and powerful, with building tongue-coating tannins. I'm not sure that full phenolic ripeness was achieved in the heat of 2009, but nobody will notice when this wine is paired with food.
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: July/August 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Loaded with licorice and sweet cherry notes, this red is supple and juicy. Takes on a saline, savory character, lingering on the minerally finish. Shows fine harmony overall. Best from 2015 through 2025. 2,000 cases made.