Good bright, deep ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines blueberry, blackberry, violet, spices and graphite minerality complemented by hints of molasses, tobacco and white pepper. Firmly built, minerally and classic; not a particularly sweet or opulent style but supple, seamless and understated. Finishes with a firm tannic structure and terrific focus and length. Lovely finesse and clarity here--and built for a leisurely evolution in bottle.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97
Offers intense aromas and flavors of violet, cherry and dark plum, showing an almost exotic velvety nature, with loads of cream and spice accents. Delivers notes of chocolate and vanilla extract on the explosive finish. Very alluring.