92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012
Opaque violet color. Highly expressive scents of blackcurrant, roasted plum, incense and pipe tobacco. A firm mineral underpinning and sound acidity frame and enliven the ripe black and blue fruit flavors, which become smokier and spicier with air. Seductively sweet on the finish, leaving behind notes of cracked pepper and star anise.
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