The bouquet changes dramatically within the 10-minute nosing period from a baked aroma to an earthy, spicy, woodsy aroma. The palate entry is smooth, intensely oaky, yet semisweet; at midpalate the sweetness picks up in the forms of honey and molasses. Concludes elegantly, satiny smooth in the throat, and properly bittersweet.
90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2005)
Deep reddish mahogany color. Complex confectionary aromas and flavors of cherry cola, root beer float, banana cake, saddle soap on leather, buttery kettlecorn, mint and bourbon candy with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spicy finish. Distinctively fruity and flavorful.
92 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Jun 2013)