91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(100% cabernet sauvignon; aged for 25 months in French oak, 50% new): Good full ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, bitter cherry, coffee and game are lifted by a floral topnote. Broad, silky and quite dry, with bright acidity enlivening the flavors of dark fruits, leather and game. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent length. This has plenty of development ahead of it. A superb wine from a terrific vintage.
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