93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
($85) Inky ruby. Powerful dark berry aromas offer compelling depth, with suave oak spice and minerals adding a seductive quality. Strikingly sweet, with broad dark berry liqueur flavors complemented by exotic violet pastille and candied licorice. Finishes with superb focus, with no loose ends or rough edges. This should go straight into the cellar.
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