90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014
Bright medium ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, tobacco leaf and red licorice; obviously a wine from a cool year. Boasts very good intensity, with ripe, penetrating acidity framing and enlivening the flavors of currant, pepper, herbs and tobacco leaf. The broad tannins are dusty but not dry and the finish displays good length and a light touch.
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