Has a nose and palate characterized by layers of juicy blackberry and plums infused with chocolate and sweet vanilla oak finishing with fine oak tannins.
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93 pts Vinous
– Bright purple. Aromas of black currant, cherry preserves, vanilla and licorice, accompanied by smoke and floral accents that build in the glass. Deeply concentrated yet nervy on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit flavors that show excellent clarity and spicy back-end lift. Finishes smooth, floral and impressively long, displaying a hint of cola and fine-grained, harmonious tannins. The blend of power and elegance here is pretty compelling. — Josh Raynolds
91 pts Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (LPB)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Shiraz Basket Pressed has a waft of cedar poking through on the nose over a core of ripe black cherries, cassis and mocha, plus wafts of licorice and cloves. Very big, rich, full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, the oak really needs time to integrate, yet the firm, ripe structure and concentration suggestion this is built for the long-haul. 91 pts Wine Spectator
Polished and ripe, with kirsch and framboise notes and a touch of black walnut liqueur to the lush and velvety core. Spice, Earl Grey tea and dark chocolate accents linger on a generous finish. For fans of the bold, rich style. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases made, 100 cases imported. — MW
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