The nose is powerful and aromatic; on the palate, initial notes of black fruits, spices and mocha lengthen over silky tannins. Perfect with duck accompanied by pea purée and grilled vegetables. Serve between 15 and 18 °c.
“Aromas of vanilla, grilled plums, violets and crème de cassis soar from the glass, while the palate is full-bodied, concentrated and chewy and loaded with vibrant purple fruit flavor. The tannins mellow on the lingering finish, making it approachable now but suggesting up to a decade (or more?) of prime-time drinking.”
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
Andrew Jefford, 95 Decanter points
2016: Wine Advocate, 96 points