(13.4% alcohol): Moderately saturated medium red. Plum, redcurrant and spices on the rather diffuse nose, with notes of raspberry, orange pekoe tea and flint emerging with aeration. This supple wine seemed to expand and come into better focus with air, showing flavors of red berries, spices and licorice. Finishes with dusty tannins that call for at least a couple years of aging.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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