92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Vivid red. Explosively perfumed, seductive bouquet of raspberry liqueur, star anise, cinnamon and pomegranate molasses. Powerful but lithe in the mouth, offering sweet red fruit and spice flavors and suave rose pastille and blood orange nuances. A seamless and fruit-driven pinot with excellent finishing cut and lingering florality. I find this wine pretty irresistible right now.
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