Deep crimson in colour. Aromas of sweet, lifted, spicy blueberries, plums, blackberries, anise and mace, with stone-fruit and floral hints. Showing soft, rich and bright spicy peppery fruit on the palate. The texture is juicy and lush with layers of velvety tannins and great length.
A solid red, with distinctly peppery character carrying through from the first whiff to the final sip, offering dark berry and black olive flavors. Some won't like the touch of bitterness on the finish, but this feels balanced. Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier. Drink now through 2012. Wine Spectator 90 points. Harvey Steiman (10/15/08)