Wine Enthusiast 89 points - With an addition of 3% Petit Verdot, this wine sources from Andy Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper Vineyard in Oakville and Benessere in St. Helena. It impresses in brown sugar and berry pie, the underlying foundation succulently fruity as savory touches of clove and pencil shavings begin to show amidst the firm tannin. (Nov 2016)
The aromas exhibit good intensity with a complexity of dark, mature fruit hints of mocha, forest floor and earthiness characters. This merlot has a solid medium body, good structure, and well balanced with well integrated tannins. The flavors follow the aromas with added nuances of spice, cherry, and a bright lingering finish. Very enjoyable now but will reward with 5-8 years of aging.