An odd animal note blows off quickly, leaving pleasurable molasses, blackberry and black plums on the nose and palate. Acidity lifts the fruit out of darkness and a note of barrel char creeps in on the finish. —K.F.
With such abyss-deep black aromas (steak, pepper, licorice) the palate, by not knocking you out with giant tannins and lots of charred oak, feels slender in comparison. This is a pleasing balance of smooth tannins, and pretty black plum and blueberry flavors.
This wine smells much better than it tastes. The aromas are of toasted coconut, cassis and a slight bubble gum like you might find in a pack of trading cards. Unfortunately, the mouth lacks richness for a good but boring Cabernet.
A good wine; an unusual blend of Mourvèdre (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%) and Shiraz (23%). Has a nice dusty texture, and an approachable, medium-weight size, but the plum fruit plays second fiddle to oak, dust, sweet tart, earth and other flavors. I'd love to see the fruit show it stuff more next vintage.