89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May 2009
($60) Medium red, a bit pale at the rim. Less expressive on the nose than the Hirsch, offering notes of blueberry, raspberry and flowers. Supple in texture but a bit youthfully subdued, currently showing limited lift and nuance. The dark fruit flavors are framed by sound acidity, though. Lemon noted that this wine was picked later; the Hirsch and Mays Canyon came in before the "pause." I suspect this is better than it�s showing today.
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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