Vinous 91 points - Bright purple. Ripe, highly perfumed aromas of blueberry, cassis, smoky minerals and violet. Plush and sweet but focused, with a silken texture to its dark fruit and floral pastille flavors. Youthfully taut but promising, finishing with very good lift, soft tannins and lingering floral and spice notes.
Wine Advocate 89 points - Deep garnet-purple in color and presenting a nose of warm blackberries and black plums over hints of dark chocolate, licorice and black pepper, the full-bodied 2012 Gnarly Dudes Shiraz delivers tons of muscular fruit in the mouth along with a medium level of chewy tannins and a refreshing burst of acid in the long, anise-laced finish. Drink it now to 2018+. (May 2014)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Dark and brooding, with blackberry, cherry and gentle spice flavors unfolding on the smooth-textured, meaty frame. The finish persists against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020.—H.S. (Nov 6 2013)