90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014
(includes 4% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Musky aromas of blackberry, brown spices and licorice, with slightly green notes of tobacco leaf and pepper. Tightly wound and uncompromisingly dry; less sweet and showy today than the 2011 Aida. But with time in the glass the rocky blackberry and mineral flavors showed surprising pliancy. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins.
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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