90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
(61% syrah, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 11% petit verdot): Dark purple. Ripe cherry, blackberry, licorice and tobacco on the nose, with a floral topnote. Sweet,
broad and ripe but nicely focused. Finishes with a hint of sweet tobacco, slow-building
tannins and very good length. I suspect that this wine will age slowly.
88 Points | Wine Spectator
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