Given the difficulties of 2008, this is a commendable, drinkable wine. The nose is full and dark, with ripe berry aromas. That leads to a tannic, semisharp palate with spunky blackberry fruit that comes with spice and chocolate shadings. Flavorful and correct, but a little tight and tough.— M.S.
Dense, robust and a little jagged, with violet, graphite and blackberry aromas that stir interest. The palate is ultraripe, a touch saucy and thick, and full of black fruit and chocolate flavors. Short on the finish but a good carry over from the nose and palate. It sits on the cusp of being overdone but manages to…— M.S.
Hard on the nose, with cracked pepper and rubber. Once it opens, you get spicy plum, cherry and meaty tannins. Finishes with overt wood notes and some sweet and sour. Spicy and unconventional, but not bad.— M.S.