91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($80; 15.6% alcohol) Good deep red. Explosive aromas of crushed cherry and raspberry, sassafras and black tea, lifted by a floral element. Then sappy, spicy and rich in the mouth, with a chewy saline quality, an intriguing iron note and plenty of alcoholic power. This big boy is currently showing more texture and soil character than sweet primary fruit. Finishes with dusty tannins that will require patience.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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