88 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($46) Full ruby. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant on the nose, which shows a faintly roasted quality. Distinctly full and rich, with weighty dark fruit flavors and a suggestion of fruitcake. Impressive for its power but I'd like more energy; the finish is broad, smoky and long. Fans of richness will score this higher.
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