- 90 points -
(13.5% alcohol; winemaker Alejandro Vigil vinified this wine, as well as his Bonardas, with about 30% whole clusters, vs. 50% for his vineyard-designated Cabernet Francs): Bright medium ruby. Tight, reserved scents of blackberry, licorice, violet and rose petal, with a whiff of leathery rusticity; showed riper, even slightly roasted fruits with aeration. Concentrated and refined on the palate, displaying surprising calcaire-driven energy and definition to its flavors of red and black berries and spices. Harmonious acidity and chalky floral lift give this ripe-but-dry wine a light touch (I'd even describe it as almost Pinot-like). Finishes with firm, gripping, slightly dry-edged tannins.
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