90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
(all French oak, one-third new): Good dark ruby-red. Cassis, licorice, black cherry, dark chocolate and fresh herbs on the slightly porty nose. Then sweet, dense and concentrated, with dark fruit, spice and mineral flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Hints at dried fruits with time in the glass. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins and lingering spice character. This reminded me of a very ripe Bordeaux.
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