"Vivid red. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of ripe boysenberry and raspberry pick up sexy floral, vanilla and incense notes with aeration. Palate-staining red and blue fruit, allspice, mocha and rose pastille flavors show excellent clarity and minerally cut on the back half. In an elegant style, with a very long, finely etched and floral-tinged finish that's given shape by silky, even tannins. (aged for 11 months in 36% new French oak barrels). - Josh Raynolds"
"Lurid red. Spicy black raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by suggestions of cola, musky herbs and allspice. Gently sweet and expansive on the palate, offering fresh red and dark berry flavors and hints of woodsmoke, white pepper and anise on the back half. Silky, accessible and seamless in texture, delivering strong finishing punch, even tannins and very good, spice-tinged persistence. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2016), 90 pts
"Brilliant red. Vibrant red berry, rose and white pepper aromas are complicated by a hint of smoky minerals. Tangy and precise, offering juicy redcurrant and strawberry flavors and a suggestion of orange pith. Closes taut and long, with building spiciness and fine-grained tannins."
"Polished and refined in structure and vivid in flavor, bursting with blackberry, cherry, licorice and floral character that wells up and doesn't quit as the finish lingers, showing harmony and velvety tannins. Drink now through 2022. 850 cases made.-HS"
"This producer gains polish and precision with each new vintage. The entry-level estate bottling is a pretty, elegant wine. It offers sweet berry and cocoa flavors; it's clean, pure, crisply-defined and long-lasting."