Color: Black on black in color.
Aroma: This has a very intense bouquet of mineral, roasted chestnuts, fresh crushed currants, burnt toffee, spices, dark chocolate and lavender; this is brooding and will take a few more months to develop further.
Palate: The palate is very full on and juicy, starting with a huge amount of layered and penetrating black fruits. The mid palate is quite extended and leads nicely to a moderately long and supple finish. This is all very dark fruits, with an almost Christmas cake/chocolate tart-like texture, which is really fun ride. The tannins are initially sweet then bone dry finishing nicely on slow, drawing tannin. This is a drink now wine that will age well in the medium to short term and will give great pleasure for up to 5 years.
"On the tart side, with bright berry and pomegranate flavors that zing across fine tannins and linger on the lively finish, hinting at tea at the end. Drink now through 2017. 11,500 cases made."
"Glass-staining ruby. Crushed blackberry, blueberry, spicecake and licorice on the slightly medicinal nose. Dense, juicy and sweet, with impressively fresh black raspberry and cherry-cola flavor. Finishes very long, with silky tannins and impressive mineral snap."
International Wine Cellar
A smooth and full flavored wine. The finish isn't quite that of the 06 or 07 but should be with a couple of years. By then I would give it 5 stars. Beautiful deep purple.