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86-89 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2012
(100% merlot; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-purple. Archetypical nose of merlot grown on gravel: spicy plum, cassis, violet and minerals. Enters tight and lean, with precise dark berry flavors complicated by coffee and cocoa nuances. Finishes clean and persistent, with a delicate peppery bite. This is an excellent second wine and a very serious merlot, though perhaps less immediately charming than some other examples of the variety. Shows how a gravelly site can dominate merlot, turning it into something completely different than versions planted on clay.