Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2004
($60) Fascinatingly musky animal notes on the nose, along with yellow plum, apple, sweet herbs and brown spices. Oily, spicy and richly fruited in the mouth, with billowing, esterous floral and distillate notes. Salty, chalky minerality and persistent sizzling spiciness add complexity to the pit fruit melange in a long, evocative finish. 2 stars.
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