Aromas of scorched earth, new leather, underbrush and a whiff of oak lead the nose. The firm palate shows prune, mature blackberry, cocoa and clove set against tight, fine-grained tannins that still need a few more years to unwind. Drink 2021–2031.
93 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2018)
Fascinating aromas of dark tea, dark herb, smoked meat and balsamic with dried fruits, too. Full body, layered and spicy with plenty of fruit and intensity. Extremely long and flavorful. Beautiful and traditional. Made from aglianico. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Oct 2017)
A rich, fragrant red, laced with floral, fennel seed and dried mint and thyme notes, this is bright and well-knit, with sleek tannins firming the ripe and brambly blackberry and cherry fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, offering a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028. 666 cases made, 28 cases imported.
92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)