90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2006
($67) Good saturated deep red. Dark raspberry and musky espresso on the oaky nose. Juicy, firm and structured but also satisfyingly fat and sweet, with a finer grain and a higher pitch than the Southing. Still, the mocha and chocolate flavors show an almost Rhone-like ripeness. Finishes with substantial but soft tannins and a positive dryness. This should benefit from a year or two of cellaring.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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