93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , June 2012
Saturated medium ruby. Musky nose combines dark berries, crushed rock,
game, violet, espresso and tangerine rind. Fresh but youthfully tight
and primary, and currently dominated by its structure. The intriguing
citrus quality follows through in the mouth, where it perks up the dark
fruit, licorice and tar flavors. Finishes classically dry and firmly
tannic, with a lightly saline character. I'd forget about this one for four or five years.
95 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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