92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2010
($95; includes 6% each of shiraz , petit verdot and cabernet franc) Bright violet. Smoky red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote and a sexy oak component on the expressive nose. Supple and fine-grained, with seductive viscosity to the spicy dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Dense but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and spiciness. Already delicious but I'd hold onto this one for at least another five years.
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