On the nose, layers of black pepper, smoke, tar and blueberry mingle with black cherry, lavender and blackberry. Cascading onto the palate are flavors of black cherry, black berry, plum, dark chocolate, dried Herbs de Province and smoked meat.
92 points, "Cellar Selection" Wine Enthusiast (Sept. 1, 2013): "...It’s rich and dense in blackberry jam and cassis flavors, with mocha and bacon notes that add to the complexity..."
91 points, International Wine Cellar (Nov./Dec. 2013): "...Smooth and sweet on the finish, which echoes the blue fruit and smoke notes..."
91 points, Vinous (July 2013): "Mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs, black cherries plums and smoke all burst from the glass..."
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (July 2013): "...Its expressive aromas of dark berries, freshly cracked pepper, sweet oak and roasted meats are in all manners echoed by the lavish flavors that follow..."
90 points, The Wine Advocate (#208, Aug. 2013): "...knockout black currant, toasted spice, chocolate and leafy herb aromas and flavors all soaring from the glass..."
Enjoy with Filet Mignon, Grilled Lamb or Venison.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.