89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Full red-ruby. Plum, currant, mocha, menthol and woodsmoke on the nose, accented by pepper and herbs. Supple but firm, with dark berry and spicecake flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. I was bothered by a slightly intrusive note of woodsmoke on the palate and aftertaste. The dusty tannins seem a bit dry. I'd give this another couple years to harmonize.
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