89 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011
Inky ruby. Blackberry, violet and nutmeg on the nose, with a sneaky licorice nuance adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and precise, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and a numbing peppery quality. Shows good varietal character and finishes gently sweet, with good length and sappiness. This manages to come off as both lush and vibrant, and has the depth to age for a few more years.