88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Medium red-ruby. Blackberry, cassis, sassafras and bitter chocolate on the nose, along with sweet, exotic oak. Smoother and drier than the merlot, showing a bit more lift to its flavors of blackberry and menthol. This solid midweight finishes with serious, tongue-dusting tannins and subtle sweetness but lacks the dimension for a higher score.
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