88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Bright ruby. Musky aromas of dried cherry, cassis, cocoa powder and vanilla. Lively and focused on the palate, with a gently sweet quality to the blackcurrant, cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. Shows a slightly tart edge on the finish, which features soft tannins and a strong jolt of vanilla. I hope that the oak will be absorbed with a little more bottle age.
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