93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014
Deep ruby. Intense smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries and violet, with a hint of minerality in the background. At once ripe and lively, with penetrating blackberry and boysenberry flavors becoming fleshier with air. Silky tannins give shape and grip to the spicy, floral, dark berry finish. (JR)
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