Wine Spectator 88 points - Lightly roasted wood spice and licorice notes line the linzer torte and blackberry sauce flavors, with an earthy hint on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 37,500 cases made.
(Mar 31 2013)
James Suckling 90 points - Perfumed and fruity with plums and flowers on the nose that follow through to a full body, with firm tannins and a delicate fruity finish. Lovely texture to this. Sweet fruit at the end. Subtle. Drink or hold.
Wine & Spirits 87 points - Sweet cassis scents introduce this rustic Medoc, its tart red fruit following a clean chalk line of flavor. The tannins carry savory notes of pumpkin seeds and mushrooms, setting this up for a fall dinner with roast squab with cepes.
Wine Enthusiast 89 points - On the austere side, with a firm and dry tannic structure, this represents the classic style of Bordeaux. It has black currant fruit and a mineral edge, with a severe structure that demands to be aged.
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Nice berry and cherry character, with a hint of fresh herbs. Light-bodied, with good tannins and a medium finish. Lovely with ham, grilled pork, pâtés and roasted poultry.