Always a treat, the 2015 outdoes itself, offering plenty of reasons to drink it for those who prefer the plush, hedonistic style. Black plum, ripe blackberry, and cherry jam mark the palate but just when you think it’s too much, the savoury-floral-sagebrush notes kick in to keep it balanced. It spends 18 months in French, Hungarian, American and Russian oak but the percentage of new has dropped to 23 percent and the wine is better for it. This needs more time in bottle, three to five years, but would be perfect with a braised beef dish now.
Score: 90 points -- Anthony Gismondi, Aug 2018