Kukkula Wines

February 1, 2020

2016 noir - 93 pts from Vinous

Opaque ruby. Deeply per­fumed cas­sis, blue­ber­ry, licorice, vanil­la and espres­so scents pick up a spicy accent with air. Dense­ly packed and appeal­ing­ly sweet, offer­ing con­cen­trat­ed black and blue fruit pre­serve, roast­ed cof­fee and vio­let pastille fla­vors that become more live­ly on the back half. Shows superb clar­i­ty and pow­er­ful thrust on the impres­sive­ly long fin­ish, which fea­tures youth­ful­ly chewy tan­nins and an echo of smoky minerality.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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