"Dark black, - hence the name. Dry and candied fruits and licorice on the nose. Robust, richly flavored palate with loads of dark plum, raspberry and boysenberry- all backed up by a bold tannic frame. Good mix of five spice and dark chocolate and creamy notes on the finish. Perfect with braised meats or as a chocolate dessert accompaniment. List Price $59.99"
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Luscious blackberry, blueberry and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty."
"A great wine that shows black cherry and plum with some leather and tobaco on the nose, the fruit carries to the palate with layers of smoked meats, sweet tobacco, toasted cedar and a touch of mocha. A wine that's well balanced with integrated tannins."
"92 Points- Wine Enthusiast. From a producer that thoroughly understands Napa Bordeaux wines comes this classically proportioned blend, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. It impresses by its balance, elegance and richness. The blackberry and cherry flavors are enriched with oak, leading to a long and satisfying finish. Drink now through 2010."
"93 Rating! Robert Parker Jr. A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d'Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits a poised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish."
"94 Points - Wine Enthusiast. What a perfumed, elegant, structured wine, with all the elements of fruit, wood, tannins just in the right place. It shows great tannins, powerful black and red berry fruits, denseness, and a classic, fresh aftertaste."
"Chateau d'Issan is a well-known third-growth Margaux property with a handsome chateau and moat close to the Gironde river. This, its second wine, is a gentle, tasty, fragrant claret with lots of lively, crunchy young fruit and the charm and elegance you would expect from this leading Medoc commune."
"93 points - Wine Enthusiast Bold brushstrokes of cocoa fudge, lavish vamilla, espresso bean, plum, leather and Indian spice create an expressive and favorful whole. Silky Tannins are framed by ripe red fruit and smoky roasted notes. A very good wine from one of Brunello's most recognized names."
"96 points - James Suckling Wow. This has a seamless texture and wonderful depth of fruit with dried pineapple, pear and hints of honey. Full body, very sweet and dense. Superb. Sliced white truffles. Fantastic"
"95 Points - Decanter. This has a very deep, unevolved colour. The nose has sweet, charming, berry fruit with mint, vanilla and a hint of tobacco. It's rich and svelte on the palate, concentrated and juicy with fine underlying tannins. There's an intense sucrosity but with no trace of jamminess. The very long aftertaste is silky with fine, lifted acidity. This is a stylish wine that's now beginning to show maturity. Drinking Window 2018-2030."