Vinous: 95 points
(made with 20% whole clusters and 20% new French oak) Brilliant red. A suave, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices, succulent herbs and candied flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance adds nervy lift. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Delivers solid punch and comes off lithe and pure, culminating in a long, floral- and spice-tinged finish shaped by silky, even tannins.