It has a forward nose displaying lots of ripe, sweet red berry and cherry fruit with noticeable alcoholic heat. The palate is sweetly fruited with a good concentration of pure, smoothly structured red fruits and well integrated but substantial new oak. It's seductive and quite elegant in that the fruit tends more to the red end of the spectrum than the black.
"Explosively rich, smoky aromas of cherry, cassis, cola, espresso and licorice. Deep and silky, with excellent concentration, sweetness and purity to the dark fruit flavors. The finish is an endless display of sweet, lush blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, with fine, dusty tannins adding focus. This saw a lot of new oak but has the fruit to support it."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Suave, remarkably fragrant scents of blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant and cherry liqueur, with cola and dusty violet accents. Broad and supple but juicy, with a lush texture and deep, very sweet dark berry flavors. Finishes with a sweet, persistent note of dark berry preserves, a hint of minerals and fully absorbed tannins."
International Wine Cellar