Wine Spectator 87 points - Open and direct, with fleshy weight to the plum, blackberry and vanilla notes. A light dusting of toast holds the finish together. Drink now. 1,400 cases imported.-JM
(Jun 15 2013)
Vinous 89 points - (blended with 7% mourvedre and 5% grenache): Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of boysenberry, huckleberry, smoke and dark chocolate. Suave and sweet on the palate, offering complex flavors of red berries, coffee, mocha and tree bark. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. Excellent value.
Deep, purple core with wide, bright, bluish tinged rim. Rich, ripe, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum. Some floral notes in the background including violets and spring blossoms. Rich and full in the mouth with tremendous youthful vigour. Layers of berry fruit with developing spice including pepper, cinnamon and vanilla. Oak hardly shows yet it must have done itís job to have such elegance and roundness at this early age. Very attractive now yet loads of development potential.