Vinous 90 points - Glass-staining ruby. Pungent, smoke-tinged scents of blackcurrant, licorice, tobacco and dark chocolate. Supple and pliant, offering brooding dark berry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. Opens up slowly on the finish, which features chewy tannins and a late jolt of bitter cherry. Give this one some air.
90+ Points (Sep 2015)
Wine Advocate 93 points - Scheduled to be bottled at the end of August, the 2012 Soul of a Lion has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than past vintages and offers full-throttle aromas of blackberry liqueur, chocolate, espresso and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with some chewy tannin, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve gracefully for 10-15 years. (Aug 2014)