92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($42; fermented with 30% whole clusters) Medium red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cinnamon, minerals and potpourri. Precise and vibrant, with nervy cut to its intense, lithe flavors of red berries and spicecake. Still youthfully tight and bound-up but shows excellent potential. Turns a bit more supple with air, finishing with tangy grip and a lingering hint of Asian spices.
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