90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Vivid ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, pungent herbs and potpourri, with a hint of Indian spices that picks up strength in the glass. Sappy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors display very good depth, with a sexy candied violet quality emerging on the back half. Combines richness and vibrancy deftly, with tangy minerality giving focus to the persistent finish. By all means decant this if you plan to drink it any time soon.
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