90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($130) Good ruby-red. Ripe, aromatic nose offers plum, currant, chocolate and graphite. Nicely sweet and dense, with ripe flavors of currant, plum, spices and tobacco framed by juicy acidity. Finishes with good verve, the big, broad tannins reaching the front teeth.
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