90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014
Opaque purple. Potent black and blue fruits, licorice and floral pastille aromas show very good depth. Pliant and sweet in the mouth, with ripe dark berry and floral flavors enlivened by smoky minerality and a touch of cracked pepper. Finishes with slow-building tannins and very good length, leaving notes of violet and woodsmoke behind. (JR)
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