88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($20) Deep red. Pungent aromas of cherry and dark berry skin, with a strong tobacco underpinning. Firm, sharply focused bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors are underscored by zesty minerals and pick up dusty tannins on the back end. A bit stern, with good finishing grip and an echo of bitter cherry. Give this some air.
82 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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