This shows a bit of barrel stink on the nose, adding a touch of funk to the oyster shell and red-fruited nose. With nice fruit up front supported by light tannins, the mid-palate offers a lovely rush of raspberry followed by subtle oak notes and a nice bramble element. This is lively and fresh, with a lovely texture and fine balance. 88 points

Intense, almost candied aromas of toasty oak, sandlewood, a little white pepper, and dried cranberry rise from the glass. This is surprisingly light on the palate, full of deep red berry fruit; the alcohol is obvious, if not particularly intrusive, though it does become more bothersome on the finish. There’s lots of candied cherry and strawberry candy on the palate, with some nice bramble notes and candied black berry emerging with air. The finish is a bit shortened from the alcohol. 88 points

A little tarry on the nose, with hickory smoke and some mid level sandalwood spice adding complexity to the blue-tinged subtle blackberry fruit. This is fresh and juicy in the mouth with bright fruit that shows a sweet edge to the very red, tart fruit. While a fairly big wine, this is not terribly dense, with a lovely finish that shows a hint of a sweet edge and oaky spice on the finale. 88 points

Mineral, dark and inky on the nose with blue fruit that’s a little funky with carob top notes. This is way plummy on entry, with ashy spice notes in a very smooth, powerful way with fine density. It’s a wine that expresses spicy Zin berry fruit well, but it is soft, and a little creamy, even with lots of ripe tannins lending a peppery edge to the core of fruit here. The finish shows both sweetness and heat along with spice notes, a bit much for me. 88 points

A fairly ripe wine, but on both the nose and the palate this shows red fruits, strawberry and raspberry. There’s a lovely Zin richness on the palate without any excess weight, making this easy to enjoy and wide open on the palate in a juicy, smooth style that shows a nice bright edge. A little French oak spice pops on the modest finish. 88 points
Matte on the nose with hints of oily seed over spiced plum fruit. Plump in the mouth, with lovely, fresh if abundant tannins that lend this a firmness in the mouth. The macerated black cherry fruit is framed with hints of earth and just a faint edge of herbs. There’s plenty of juicy black fruit on the moderately long finish. Nicely done, if a touch simple. 88 points

Deep and earthy on a nose that is rich with sweet, jammy cherry fruit. This is a biggish wine with lots of jammy fruit flavors, but at the same time showing nice spiced oak complexity. The finish shows more sweetness and lingering nutty oak note. A powerful and dark wine. 88 points
Dark, oily and extracted on the nose with floral top notes and oily seed aromas. The nose does offer up some  fine fresh perfumes of wild fruit. On the palate there’s an early rush of blackberry fruit in a lighter style, decidedly medium body with lovely bright fruit, zesty berry flavors and fine tannins that lead to a moderately long finish. 88 points
Fair amount of wood here, making this spicy on the nose and rich with vanilla, chocolate and coffee bean aromas. Smooth and polished if dense in the mouth, with nice power behind the slightly leather dark raspberry, blackberry fruit that's framed with oak and earth notes. This finishes with lots of power and richness, but it’s also quite tannic and dry at the same time. A bit heavy-handed. 88 points