90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
(aged in 100% new French oak for 26 months): Dark violet color. Blackberry and cherry compote aromas are complicated by anise, musky herbs and olive, along with a spicy topnote. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering gently sweet dark fruit flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Chewy tannins give grip to the persistent spicy, fruit-driven finish. This should be even better with a few more years of bottle age.
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