($40) Medium red, with a hint of amber at the rim. Deeper-pitched nose than the Chimera, offering plum, spices, smoke, earth and caramel lifted by rose petal. Richer and lusher in the mouth, with a distinctly more tactile texture but good grip to the red fruit and spice flavors. A captivating floral quality leavens the impression of ripeness. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering red fruits.
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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