Wine Enthusiast 90 points - A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, this robust red opens with aromas of ripe, black-skinned fruit, cedar and ground pepper. The concentrated palate doles out fleshy black cherries and black currants accented by licorice and allspice. Velvety tannins and the heat of evident alcohol provide the framework. It will definitely appeal to fans of bold, muscular wines, but it’s shy on freshness so drink now.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Bright and fluid, with black currant, blackberry, vanilla and toast aromas and flavors. Almost racy, showing terrific balance and well-integrated tannins underneath. Features a fine, toasty finish. Syrah and Grenache. Best from 2016 through 2025. 622 cases made.-BS
(Oct 31 2014)
James Suckling 95 points - Dark violet color. Aromas of roasted beets, citrus rind and dusty chocolate. Hot stone. Violets. A generous red with lots of fruit. Nicely crafted. Full-bodied. Made from syrah and 30% grenache. Drink in 2015.
Wine & Spirits 93 points - Grown in the Maremma, this blend of syrah with 30 percent grenache is rich and mouthfilling, with vibrant flavors of black fruit, dark chocolate, fennel and licorice. Earthy and spicy, it’s reminiscent of a southern Rhone but the bright acidity and lifted finish bring it back to Tuscany.