89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($44) Vivid ruby-red. Deeper and darker on the nose than the Solomon Hills bottling, offering blackberry and licorice scents and a note of white pepper. Youthfully taut and a bit unforthcoming today, slowly unfolding to show sweet cherry and dark berry flavors. Gains spiciness on the finish, which is impressively focused and very long if a bit undifferentiated. Needs patience.
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