88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($18; includes 6% each of merlot and viognier, with 3% syrah) Medium red. Peppery redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complicated by notes of blood orange and baking spices. Zesty red fruit flavors are underscored by white pepper and bitter orange, with silky tannins adding grip. Light-bodied and refreshing, with good finishing cut and clarity. This strange blend works for me.
78 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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