Black Pearl The Mischief Maker 2013
The 2013 ‘The Mischief Maker’ is a blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Mourvedre, respectively. The deep, inky black, dark purple color leads into a nose that is both spicy and very fruit forward. Aromatic notes of violets, cloves, licorice and a dash of white pepper overlay deep dark fruits of ripe plum and blueberry fruit on the nose. Fuller bodied, there’s a savory cast of spice to the fruit that takes the edge off of the initial sweetness in the mouth, allowing it to come to a dryer conclusion on the finish than one would assume when first trying the wine. New World in style all the way, this is big and bold gushing with spicy black berry and black plum fruit that has just enough tannin structure to keep it focused. This would work well on its own but would hold up to something grilled.
92 pts James Suckling
This is a very intense and focused red with blackberry, black pepper and spice aromas and flavors. Full body, yet bright and crisp. Syrah and mourvedre. Swagging it. Screw cap.
89 pts Stephen Tanzer/Vinous
(85% Shiraz and 15% Mourvedre): Good bright, dark red. Enticing mineral lift to the blackberry, black raspberry and licorice aromas, along with a touch of liqueur and a leathery note from the Mourvedre. Dense, pliant and spicy; offers lovely concentration in a fairly dry and classic style. Attractive sweetness makes it delicious right now, and the tannins are easy. Finishes with dark berries and spices. — Stephen Tanzer 89