|2005: 87 Points - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator: "This chewy red shows gamy and earthy notes framing plum, warm stone and leather flavors. Offers good grip—and a distinctive profile—in a rustic style. "
2005: 90 Points - Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellars: " Bright ruby. Dried cherry and herbs on the pungent, smoky nose. Firm red berry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and turn spicier on the back half. Refreshingly bitter and linear on the finish, which echoes the cherry and spice notes. I like this wine's balance and focus."