91 pts Wine Spectator 11/15/16
There’s a terrific juiciness and vibrancy to the blackberry and plum flavors, with Earl Grey tea, licorice, cedar and floral notes lingering as the tannins turn firm on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 110 cases imported.
92 pts Vinous/Josh Raynolds October 2017
Youthful purple. An array of ripe black and blue fruit aromas are accompanied by suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and mint. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering smoke-accented bitter cherry and cassis flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good depth and no rough edges. Sneaky tannins come in late on a long, juicy finish that leaves a sweet chewing tobacco note behind.