IWC 90 Pts - According to International Wine Cellar - (aged for a year in French oak): "Bright purple. Powerful scents of dark fruit preserves, potpourri and candied licorice, with peppery spices in the background. Sweet and expansive on the palate, showing a juicy quality to its black and blue fruit, mineral and licorice flavors. Closes smooth and smoky, with silky tannins and a lingering mocha quality."
According to Wine Spectator - "This rich, expressive red delivers kirsch and boysenberry flavors, with notes of espresso, licorice and black olive. Balsamic acidity enlivens the syrupy texture. A bit candied, but delivers a lot of flavor. The best of four bottles tasted. Drink now through 2018."
Tasting Notes - "Deep purple/black color. Explosive aromas of ripe currant, red berries and smoked notes. Rich, powerful and voluminous on the attack, a huge mouthful of creme-de-cassis concentration, silken and juicy in the mid-palate with excellent length and persistence. Fine, ripe tannins, at once supple and structurally present." 15% ABV.