Color: A deep orange hue.
Nose: Ripe black plum and fig.
Palate: Sweet with notes of mandarin and lightly roasted vanilla.
Wine Enthusiast 98 points - The wonderfully zesty aroma includes notes of margarine, lanolin, dark caramel, buttery oak and holiday fruitcake. The palate entry is rich, creamy and honeyed; at midpalate the woody/creamy flavor suggests rancio beginnings. Finishes semisweet, cocoa- and maple sugar-like, and intensely oaky. Best Buy.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - The nose is gentle and suggests pastry cream and white grapes. The flavors are delicate in the mouth with trace hints of mace and nutmeg. The texture is overall round and smooth with some piquant spice lingering on the palate. (Apr 2014)