This vintage exhibits brambleberry and sweet smoke on the nose, with raspberries, strawberries, and an undercurrent of wild herbs. Minerals and licorice accompany charcuterie, dried blueberry and fresh fig flavors. Well-balanced acidity and polished tannins add to all the fruit components. Its very persistent fruit finish is tempting now, but its structure will also reward some additional time in the bottle.
93 Points - Review by Stephen Tanzer for Vinous, Oct. 2017
"Bright, dark red. Brambly red berries, crushed cherry, spices and hints of smoked meat and herbs on the nose. Plush, sappy and utterly seamless, conveying a creaminess of texture to the flavors of dried red berries, cherry and tree bark firmed by underlying minerality. Really terrific flavor intensity here without any heaviness or phenolic roughness. The pH is "3.8 at the most," according to winemaker Chris Upchurch, and the very long finish is lifted by a pungent note of pomegranate."