91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(13.5% alcohol): Good healthy dark red. Aromatic nose combines spicy red fruits, green tea and mineral high tones, plus a peppery nuance; smells less rich than the Hirsch. A spicy, intense midweight on the palate, but tight today and not yet displaying its inherent complexity. (This rocky style is always tough going early on, notes Lemon.) Offers very good breadth but no easy sweetness. Finishes with firm tannic spine and strong spice character. Needs time.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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