($55) Saturated red. Ripe cherry-vanilla and blackberry on the nose, with complicating notes of cola and black cardamom. Deep in flavor but energetic as well, offering sweet cherry/berry qualities and slow-building floral pastille and herbal elements. Becomes spicier with aeration while gaining sweetness and power. For a rich wine this is strikingly lithe, with excellent finishing spiciness and precision. (JR)
88 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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