"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"
"This Bordeaux look-alike, a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, and 7% Malbec, offers a tightly knit bouquet of white chocolate, dried herbs, sweet berry fruit, and a hint of oak. This restrained, elegant, medium-bodied, moderately tannic wine boasts beautifully pure flavors as well as impeccable winemaking. Possesses both class and depth."
"96pts - Jeremy Oliver. This unique Shiraz shows plenty of intense raspberry choco-berry aromas, touches of white pepper, and ripe tannins. Beautiful fruit, perfectly structured with a long lasting finish."
"95 Points- Wine Spectator. Dense, dark and powerful, a mighty mouthful of black pepper-scented black cherry, stewed plum and licorice flavors that echo beautifully on the long, fine-grained finish. Somehow it finds an elegant balance in the end."
"96 Points- Wine Spectator. Fantastic aromas of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a solid core of tannins and a long, long finish. Dense yet refined, with excellent richness and structure. This is stunning and only the second year from Brunello's great producer. 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 percent Sangiovese."
"91 Points- Wine Advocate. This blend of 65% Nebbiolo and 35% Barbera d'Asti Bionzo is a lovely wine. Showing plenty of plumy fruit, toasted oak and mineral notes, this mid-weight offering displays excellent length as well as freshness."
"95pts. WS - Still one of the top wines of the region. Bold and exotic, with a muscular style. Full bodied, with fantastic, velvety tannins and a long, opulent finish. Got to love this wild wine."
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Expressive and focused, this red offers alluring floral, berry, mineral and toasty aromas that follow through on the palate, framed by firm tannins and enlivened by crisp acidity. Complex and balanced, in the modern style."
"97 Points- Wine Spectator. Some lovely fruit, polished and clean, with all the attributes of a fine terroir--mineral and above all a lot of sweet, ultraripe fruit. Full-bodied, long, with plenty of toasted, smoked bacon and blackberry notes."
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Luscious blackberry, blueberry and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty."