This brooding beast starts with scents of dark chocolate and coffee, then adds plenty of fruit in the form of blueberries and blackberries on the rich, chewy palate. Despite the wine’s considerable heft and density of fruit, there’s enough spicy complexity and a surprising degree of elegance to the long, tongue-tingling finish. Drink now–2015.
Boasts a dense, inky color, but at this tender age the flavors lack the weight and opulence of the 2005 version. Coffee and cedar notes frame tart blackberries, finishing long and elegantly. It’s juicy and fresh, with plenty of appeal now, yet should age well for up to 10 years.
This vintage of the Reiver seems mintier than others, and at times the mint seemed a dominant feature of this wine, which otherwise offers jammy berry fruit and chocolate aromas and flavors. At 15% abv, it’s not a shy wine, but neither is it as richly textured as might be expected. Drink it 2013–2020.