(From 2010 Vintage) Good bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, licorice, cocoa powder, minerals, pepper and sexy spice oils. Then juicy and gripping in the mouth, with superb energy to the flavors of blackberry, cocoa, licorice and violet. An impression of peppery acidity adds punch to the middle palate and extends the flavors on the extremely long, rising finish, which features toothdusting tannins.
(From 2008 Vintage) Fleshy and ripe with good balance and soft tannins.
Wine AdvocateRating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Wine SpectatorRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/04