89 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012
Dark red. Musky currant, menthol, game and mocha on the nose. Pliant, lush and sexy, with a restrained sweetness to the slightly medicinal dark berry and menthol flavors. This round, satisfying, nicely refined cabernet finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy persistence. (A second bottle, which I rated 87, showed very good mouth coverage but more diffuse red fruit and mocha aromas and flavors.)
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