90 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 2011
Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of cassis, cherry pit, sassafras and tobacco and dried rose, with a subtle vanilla quality in the background. Smooth, sappy and well-focused, offering juicy dark berry flavors that are braced by tangy acidity. Tannins build with air and add grip and focus to a long, dark berry-dominated finish. You could easily drink this now but it has the depth to age.