"Brilliant dark-ruby to the rim, infused with piercing black raspberry and floral aromas, laced with sweet spice and smoke. Rich, marvelously juicy, opulent, yet finely delineated on the attack, packed with crushed-red-fruit preserves, tinged with a sprinkle of white pepper. Mouthwateringly sweet on the finish, the 2012 "Thea's" is drinking beautifully out of the gate, but like all the top 2012s, will continue to add weight and complexity over the next 7-10 years. Finished alcohol is 14.2 degrees, though you never feel the heat. Aged for 13 months, entirely in French cooperage, 1/3 of which was new. This is a magnificent effort from winemaker Anthony King."