Deep, brooding and intense garnet color with deep aromas of cedar and cocoa powder framed by light French oak. Big, lush and concentrated with a core of red and black currant fruit. It has a range of layered flavors including tobacco, black tea, and classic Cabernet pepper with a good grip on the finish. Big and refined all at the same time. It will drink well now with a nice meal, but should improve over the next 5 years. Pairs well with beef, pork, lamb, squab, quail and duck.
94 Points, World Wine Championships Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2011
"Honeycomb, caramel, vanilla, dried sour cherry, ink, and suede aromas and flavors have a distinctive bourbon barrel note with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tangy, roasted root vegetable, buttercream, and earth accented finish. A fantastically flavorful and appealing fruit and oak driven marriage that is complex and complete."
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2011
"Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of currant, mocha, chocolate and tobacco. Dense, supple and sweet; less fruity than the Signature cabernet but lusher in texture if not quite as delineated, with plenty of dusty tannins for support. Finishes with a menthol note."
91 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 2010
"A lush, modern style, showing ample toast and polished texture, along with ripe fig, boysenberry and warm currant confiture notes that all weave together on the dark, lengthy finish, where a nice alluring hint of dark chocolate chimes in. Drink now."
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