#89 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Blackberry, plum, and cherry notes are framed with hints of exotic spices, and perfectly balanced by sweet oak. The palate is full and rich with structured tannins and a long finish. Enjoyable upon release and can be cellared through 2018 and beyond.
"Dense and tight, with a firm core of loamy earth, dried dark berry, spice and cedar. Opens up to black licorice and anise seed notes, ending with chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023."
"This shows classic Napa Cabernet flavors of ripe blackberries and black currants, with a nice herbaceousness and a balanced overlay of toasty oak. It's pretty tannic now, although it’s still enjoyable. It should gain bottle complexities over the next six years or so."