A tight and alluring red with spice, chocolate and berry character. Full-bodied yet tight and composed. Beautiful length and balance. Give it time to show you what it has. Try in 2020. Feb 2017, www.jamessuckling.com
Score: 94-/100James Suckling
Pure sweet fruit here. Fresh and bouncy. This follows in the mouth: fresh, lifted and sweet. Unforced, with a touch of jam in the finish. Joss Fowler, FINE+RARE, April 2015.
The plum and blackberry fruit is pushed by a lively bramble note, while anise and singed apple wood accents check in on the finish. Shows lots of energy on the back end. Solid.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.
Score: 90-93/100Wine Spectator
When I tasted the 2014 Bellevue from barrel, it seemed a little overawed by the 2014 Angelus. Now in bottle, I am not really inclined to alter that view. The nose is clean and delineated, quite "cool" and maybe even a little distant. The aromatics do not come out and make friends. The palate is medium-bodied with rather scrawny tannin that try to dominate the broody red berry fruit. There is a hardness here and a touch of austerity, which is surprising coming from this estate. This is perplexing. Mar 2017, www.robertparker.com
Score: 87-/100Neal Martin