Ruby red in colour. On the nose an exuberant bouquet of dark cherry and cedar is accompanied by savoury notes of smoke, moist earth and bramble. In the mouth layered flavours of blackberry and dark chocolate give way to a smoky/mineral finish. A well integrated oak backbone is backed-up by abundant, well-rounded tannins lending excellent length and structure.
92 pts Vinous (JR)
(raised in French oak barrels, 21 percent of them new, for 14 months) Bright ruby-red. Ripe, spice-tinged black raspberry, smoked meat, vanilla and incense on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense red and dark berry liqueur and spicecake flavors are lifted and sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Concentrated as well as lively, finishing with impressive persistence and sexy notes of candied violet and toasty oak spices.
91 pts Descorchados 2016
90 pts Wine Spectator
Lush, with good cut to the brambly flavors of dried cherry and pomegranate, framed by medium-grained tannins. Brick and hot stone notes show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made. –KM