On the nose are the trademark brooding characters of Blackwell with notes of dark chocolate, wild blackberry and hints of clove and aniseed. There is a subtle edge of violet and raspberry as the wine opens up. Dark cherry adds to deep fruit characters on the palate. It's more mineral and textural than previous years and rolls nicely from fruit into spice and cracked pepper. Chalky, coating tannins provide structure and a long finish with lingering pepper.
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
With the rooty scent of sarsaparilla and brighter notes of jasmine, this is a zesty shiraz. Rather than coating the mouth with fruit-and-oak richness, it tingles with lively scents of mint and anise, fresh and bright. Distinguished Vineyards, Overland Park, KS