96(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(15.5% alcohol): Full red-ruby. Dark cherry, currant, mocha and minerals on the nose. Lush on entry, then creamy and deep in the middle but with a light touch; at once less open-knit and more vibrant than the Ark. Very shapely wine with a lot of material in reserve. The whiplash of a finish features mouthcoating, rather powerful tannins and terrific lift and length. Superb, and likely to be very long-lived.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
96+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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