91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2009
($60) Good medium ruby. Medicinal cassis, black plum, licorice and violet on the perfumed nose; offers more lift today than the Lujan de Cuyo bottling. Juicy, suave and fine-grained, with very good intensity to the dark fruit and spice flavors. This is also plenty ripe but shows a lighter touch and more detail than the Lujan de Cuyo version. Finishes with ripe, building but fine-grained tannins and a lingering chocolate flavor.
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