A dense and polished version, this red offers a balance of fruit and savory notes, with plum, graphite, licorice, tar and smoke hints. A bit reserved for now, but balanced, harmonious, powerful and graceful overall. Best from 2016 through 2030. 50 cases imported.
96 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Aug 2015)
Brilliant ruby-red. Explosively perfumed red and dark berry scents are complemented by spicecake, incense and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors, putting on weight and becoming spicier with aeration. Shows a compelling blend of richness and finesse, with a vibrant, mineral-driven, strikingly persistent finish framed by silky, harmonious tannins.
95 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Dec 2015)
Massive blackberry, vanilla and marshmallow aromas are voluptuous. A just-right mix of lushness and tannins determines the palate, which hosts toasty flavors of chocolate and blackberry. A smooth finish with firm but manageable residual tannins is intense but not rough. Drink through 2028.
94 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Nov 2017)