96-97 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Inky ruby. Intense, sharply focused aromas of dark berries, cherry pit, violet, licorice and minerals, with a bright, spicy overtone. Deep in black and blue fruit flavors but also lithe and precise, offering a dizzying array of floral and spice accents that gain strength with air. Show remarkable clarity and power on the finish, which is given grip by impressively fine-grained tannins. An uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with the balance to age effortlessly.
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