92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(13.7% alcohol): Good healthy dark red. Wild raspberry liqueur, black tea and graphite on the nose, plus a suggestion of candied fruits. Silky-smooth but with terrific verve contributing to an impression of weightlessness. Lovely saline complexity to the flavors of raspberry, cola and spice. Most impressive today on the very long, rising, firmly tannic finish.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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