88 pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate #168
A primarily Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot along with 20% Shiraz, the 2005 Bells & Whistles is a deep ruby/plum-colored, straightforward effort displaying notions of mint, damp earth, black currants, cherries, and spice. It is well-made, ripe, heady, and best drunk over the next 3-4 years.
87 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 2007 - Ruby-red. Easygoing dark berry and cracked pepper aromas are clear and fresh. Soft and fleshy, with sweet blackberry and cherry preserve flavors, silky tannins and a gentle finish. This is ready to drink.