Varietal aromas of black cherry, blueberry, anise and black tea are lifted by barrel aging on lees in a 60/40 blend of American and French oak barrels. A touch of floral Viognier and white pepper on the palate, with baking spice on the finish.
Rich and dense on the nose, this affordably priced, widely available bottling offers aromas of roasted berry, mesquite, cracked pepper and iodine. The structure is firm on the palate, where persistent elderberry and black-plum flavors are layered in iodine, soy and charred meat, finishing on an oak note. Best Buy
- Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts.