Inky purple. A heady bouquet evokes ripe red berries, anise, mocha and pungent fresh flowers. Supple and sweet on entry, then more structured in the middle, offering deep, mineral-accented dried strawberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Takes a spicy turn on the long, sappy finish, which echoes the pure red berry qualities.
"Remarkably, the 2011 Veraton is just as strong with an even higher alcohol content of 15.5%. A fabulous nose of spring flowers, ground pepper, blackberries and black cherry liqueur is followed by a full-bodied, super-intense wine made from incredibly low yields, and aged 17 months in a combination of French and American oak before being bottled unfiltered. This superb wine easily competes with wines priced two to three times higher. It, too, should drink well for a decade. "
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Expansive, smoke-accented aromas of blackberry and blueberry compote, cola and vanilla bean. Lush and creamy in texture, with palate-staining dark fruit compote flavors complicated by suave oak spices. The smoky quality comes back on the the powerful, very long, subtly tannic finish. Shows a lot of intense fruit and seems surprisingly approachable now. "
International Wine Cellar