91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(40% whole clusters, raised in concrete and neutral oak and aged in stainless steel; 12.4% alcohol): Bright red. Pungent strawberry and anise aromas are complicated by notes of fresh herbs and rose. Fleshy and appealingly sweet red berry flavors are firmed and defined by dusty minerals, which add cut and back-end bite. Gains weight with air, picking up a deeper cherry quality and a touch of anise. The cherry quality carries through a long, spicy finish that proves refreshingly brisk and precise.
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