(15% alcohol): Deep ruby. Vibrant nose combines blackberry, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate. Dense, sweet and palate-saturating, with chewy, deep flavors of brambly berries, cedar and lead pencil. Tactile, sexy wine with a distinctly New World aspect. Finishes chewy and very long, with serious tannins that will support a decade or more of evolution in bottle. Very impressive: for all its richness, it's also shapely and youthfully taut.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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