91–93. Barrel Sample. This wine is produced from a parcel that was never classified with the rest of the Valandraud estate, but no matter. It's an appealing pour, full of juicy black fruits, sweet tannins and mild spicy accents, framed by a firm structure that suggests good ageability.
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