90 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2013
(15.5% alcohol): Saturated bright ruby. Pure, dark aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, menthol and licorice. Large-scaled and quite sweet in the mouth; a no-holds-barred fruit bomb of dark berries and bitter chocolate. Saturates the entire mouth with flavor and finishes with building tannins, a more restrained sweetness and a slight alcoholic warmth. Outstanding in its idiom. 93 pts Wine Spectator 6/30/13
Toasty, displaying mesquite, baking spice and licorice notes to the racy plum sauce and creamy wild berry compote flavors, remaining fresh as the finish reverberates with fruit character. Drink now through 2017. 487 cases made.