91 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2007
(est. $300-$450) Medium red. Rather exotic aromas of liqueur-like red fruits, spices, leather and underbrush. Silky, seductive and a bit decadent in its early sex appeal, but with its lively acids and apparent oak tannins this has a slight dry edge. Firmed up with air and gained in freshness.
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