92 pts Stephen Tanzer's IWC (JR)
Inky purple. Heady, expansive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, potpourri and incense, with a hint of smoky minerality adding vivacity. Offers juicy, penetrating cherry and dark berry flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality that builds in the glass. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the finish, with silky tannins coming in late.
88 pts Wine Spectator
Soft and round, with a strong root beer and red pepper cast to the dark berry flavors, finishing with crinkly tannins. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases made.