97-99pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Black Magic will be a selection from the top vineyards, but I’m not sure of the blend. (It can change dramatically from vintage to vintage.) It has a full-bodied, ripe, powerful style as well as notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, and smoke tobacco, a deep, layered mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a terrific, almost Graves-like sense of minerality. It has the vintage’s pure, classic style as well as ample power and richness.
95-97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the 2018 Proprietary Red Black Magic displays a very deep purple-black color, unfurling to reveal beautiful dark chocolate, crème de cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves notes with touches of violets, licorice, cinnamon toast and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and yet with amazing freshness and harmony, it has a finely grained, velvety backbone and an epically long, mineral-laced finish. Still a little closed and tight, I suspect this has a lot more to give. Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2018 Black Magic is a ten-barrel blend of choice blocks from both Vine Hill Ranch and Beckstoffer To Kalon. Rich, dark and sumptuous with tremendous textural resonance, the 2018 has so much to offer. Blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice, lavender, gravel, earth and spice push through in this sumptuous yet structured wine from Tor. The blend is 4 barrels of Vine Hill Ranch Petit Verdot, 2 barrels Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, 2 barrels Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 barrels of Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc.
The 2018 Black Magic takes all the best attributes of the other 2018 Cabernets and combines them into one of the richest/thickest wines we have bottled for Tor in the 20 years I have been winemaker. To drink this wine is more akin to drinking a wine with another wine jammed into the same space so that it tastes richer than it possibly can be. This is dominated by black fruits and Turkish coffee/dark chocolate. If you have been lucky enough to have had the Black Magics of the past the best comparison I can make is like taking the best attributes of the 2013 and the 2016 and making that into a wine