90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Bright, dark ruby-red. Plum, licorice, menthol and cigar box scents, complicated by sexy smoky oak and herbal nuances. Lush but firm, with a layered texture and very good definition and grip to the pure dark fruit flavors. Deeper than the merlot, with plenty of stuffing to support its all-new French oak. Finishes firmly tannic and long. This should expand with several years of bottle aging.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
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