94 Points Wine Enthusiast - Crisp blackberry, light licorice, lilac and a hint of charred meat show on the nose of this luxury-level bottling from Brian Terrizzi. There are elderberry and elderflower touches on the elegantly woven sip, where dark fruit and flowers compete for attention amidst the dry tannic framing.
Hand-harvested with rigorous selection standards. Fermentation proceeds slowly and naturally with native yeasts present. A lengthy post fermentation maceration keeps juice and grape skins in contact for a further 4-6 weeks. Free run juice is transferred to highly-allocated new French oak barrels from a cooperage that prizes subtle, tightly-grained wood. The remaining fruit is pressed in a modern recreation of an ancient basket press that is exceptionally suited to extract nothing but the best juice remaining in the fermented fruit.