Smashed blueberries, black gravel, caramel and a touch of oak smoke show on the nose of this stylishly labeled, widely available bottling from the Niven family. Juicy blackberry fruit leads the palate, bolstered by roasted coffee and shaved-chocolate flavors and rounded out by chalky tannins and strong acidic energy. 90 Points (Wine Enthusiast)

Opens with a fresh green accent reminiscent of tomato leaf and sage, giving a savory, peppery note to the plush, velvety cassis and plum core. Finds balance between grace and power, with spice and herb elements lingering on the finish. 92 Points (Wine Spectator) & #58 Top 100 of 2018

Mosaic aromas that forge into the lavish palate: black spice, melted black licorice, black plum jam, black currants, dark cocoa, crushed rocks, coconut, freshly turned earth and cigar box. Balanced, complex and luxuriant, unfolding and evolving with each sip. 94 Points (Wine Advocate)

Smooth, rich and complex, with a concentrated core of earthy currant, black cherry, herb and toasty oak. Plush textured at first but then the tannins flex their muscles. 94 Points (Wine Spectator)

Emerges from the glass with beautifully delineated black fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and tar, all of which come together beautifully on a vibrant powerful frame. Shows remarkable freshness and vibrancy. It is a beautiful, totally classy wine. 93+ Points (Wine Advocate)

Profusion of aromas-crème de cassis, black cherry coulis, anise, violet, black olive, fresh herb and smoke spill out of the glass. Complex flavors echo the aroma with firm, well integrated tannins, vibrant acidity and a long, cocoa-mineral finish. 95 Points (Tasting Panel )

Toasty oak frames and adds depth to fruit aromas of dark bramble and dried blueberry, leading into intriguing notes of exotic spices and roasted coffee. Lifted aromas of juniper and subtle violet add generosity, layers, and aromatic complexity to this wine. Black fruit dominates the entry with blackberry and dark plum, followed by black licorice, […]