Dark purple in colour and a little inky. Has a deep and clear aroma of ripe fruit, strawberries and a slight creaminess, along with vanilla & coffee. In the mouth it is round, with sweet and delicate tannins. Has a lovely, long finish. It goes well with red meats, roasts, cheese and blue fish.
89 Points-The Wine Advocate "Purple colored, it offers an attractive perfume of cedar, vanilla, violets, coffee, blueberry, and blackberry. This leads to a layered, up-front, forward wine with excellent depth and concentration. It will evolve for 1-2 years but this lengthy, tasty effort can be enjoyed now."
90 Points-The Wine Enthusiast "For a big-production wine (33,000 cases) with just 12 months of barrel aging, this is impressive. Sweet but balanced dark fruit and cola aromas are nice, while the palate is forward and tastes of blackberry and cola. Complex and slightly gritty and tannic on the finish, which indicates that it has the structure to age. Drink now through 2013."