Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Offers a sleek and fleshy texture, with black cherry and dusty herb aromas. The flavors are focused and somewhat tight at the core, with notes of red currant, bitter chocolate, cedar and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2020. 960 cases made.Drink Dates: 2016-2020Author: Tim Fish
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(14.5% alcohol; blended with 18% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petite sirah; this fruit was picked at 26 degrees Brix, six days earlier than in 2010, on September 30 and October 1): Bright red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Silky and juicy, with briary dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors framed and lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with serious oak tannins and excellent length. Offers a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 31 bottles owned
- 13 collectors