($19) Bright red. Pungent cherry pit, blackberry and vanillin oak on the nose. Creamy dark berry and spicy oak flavors are energized by brisk acidity and show an appealing sweetness. Gentle tannins add grip to a lush, almost jammy finish. This is very easy to drink if not the last word in complexity.
86 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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