(13.9% alcohol): Good deep red with ruby highlights. Restrained, very dark aromas of blackberry, violet and black tea, plus a suggestion of citrus fruits. Dense, juicy and intense, with terrific definition and energy to its sweet dark berry and spice flavors. A strong rocky influence accentuates the impression of verve. Finishes very long, with fine-grained tannins. A beauty.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
95+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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