"(35% new French oak barriques): Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and cassis aromas are complemented by notes of licorice, candied flowers and cured tobacco. Offers an array of black and blue fruit flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity and a smoky mineral quality. Finishes on a sweet note of vanilla, with very good energy, building tannins and lingering smokiness. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (March 2016), 91 pts
"Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and licorice. On the palate, dense, smoke-tinged flavors of bitter cherry and blackberry are complicated by hints of peppery spice, cocoa powder and licorice. Finishes gently tannic and long, with a subtle oaky element. -JR" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 90 pts
"Solid, workmanlike Shiraz, offering a mélange of caramelized berries, tobacco and cassis. Seems warm but at the same time slightly austere, making it a good candidate to partner grilled steak. Drink now."