Color: dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue.
Bouquet: bold and intense, with black currants, licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: full-bodied palate with exceptional black fruit intensity and spice.
Big structured with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - Aromas of underbrush, blackcurrant, oak and cake spice lead the nose of this blend of Sangiovese and 15% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate offers dried blackberry accented with oak-driven spices of coconut, vanilla, mocha and cedar alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2016-2022.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Ripe but reticent, with plum, black cherry, blackberry, mint and wild herb aromas allied to a chunky frame. Firm, chalky tannins carry this red to a lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 140 cases made.
(Oct 15 2015)