91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
(Aged for 22 months in French barriques, 70% new): Dark red. Musky aromas of crushed cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate. Sweet and supple but firm, with classic cabernet flavors of dark berries, mint, herbs and cedary oak, plus a whiff of dark chocolate. A deep and vinous wine with very good energy and spine. Finishes with sweet, building tannins and excellent length and lift. Fewer than 400 cases were produced.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
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