93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($45) Inky ruby. Strikingly pungent aromas of cherry skin, cassis, smoked meat, violet and minerals. More powerful than the La Bruma, with deeper dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a late note of candied licorice. Gains energy on the finish, which is sweet, spicy and very long. I'd put this away for at least another five years. (JR)
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