Color: dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue.
Bouquet: bold and intense, with black fruit and plum aromas, black pepper, walnut and hints of vanilla.
Taste: full-bodied palate with exceptional black fruit intensity. Big structure with supple tannins and a long, persistent finish
Wine & Spirits 91 points - Sourced from two plots situated at an elevation of 1000 feet just outside the town of Montepulciano, this aged 12 months in new French and American oak barrels. It offers a modern take on Vino Nobile: Dense and firmly tannic, with spicy, plummy fruit, it reveals notes of mushroom and forest floor after time in the glass. Decant this for a few hours and enjoy it with a rare steak.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Flavors of black cherry, black currant and spice highlight this red. The tannins are mouthcoating, but in the end there’s enough sweetness for balance. Best from 2015 through 2028. 340 cases made.-BS
(Jun 15 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - Powerfully built with nice depth, this is loaded with succulent black cherry sensations layered with underbrush, tobacco, licorice, black pepper, clove and mocha accents. The palate is balanced by firm, velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Hold for complexity. Drink 2016-2026.