"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."
"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."
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Luscious blackberry, blueberry and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A beauty."
"Dark, very deep color with purple tinges. Great aromatic richness, with hints of soft fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry) and touches of pepper and licorice. Rich and fleshy on the palate, developing into remarkable fullness, around an imposing tannic structure. It is a wine that lacks nothing."
"90pts - Wine Spectator. Absolutely delicious. Medium- to full-bodied, with lots of spicy, oaky, ripe fruit character. Nice balance on the palate, with very fine tannins and a fresh finish."
"Ruby to purple in color. The wine had a nose of cherries and chocolate. Palate is buttery, with berries and vanilla, with a late hint of plums and fig. Finish starts dry with a tang, and lasts"
"The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (actually 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot) displays chocolate espresso notes along with some damp earth and black currants in a medium-bodied, drinkable style that has shed most of its tannin. The wine has a nice lushness, and the finish is very good, with no hard edges. It should drink nicely for another decade or more. (tasted in 2011)"
"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."