International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103
($189-$325) Full, deep red. Knockout smoky nose of cedar, leather, earth, truffle and game. Then rather tightly coiled and far less pliant than the nose would suggest. Strong acids contribute to this wine rather powerful structure. But I don't find the flesh shown by the best wines from this vintage. Finishes quite firm, youthfully backward and persistent. Still needs considerable bottle aging, but will this ever be truly satisfying?
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Very dark crimson with some age at the rim. Minty, exotic nose with quite a bit of dryness on the end. Some very obvious sweetness, not great intensity. Just a little tired on the end. Not enough freshness.
Tasted On: 07/07/2012
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 04/25/2010
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/24/2009
Decanted for 2-1/2 hours. Taste at opening was quite tannic. This opened beautifully into an elegant and perfectly balanced wine. The nose was rich with fruit, unlike an earlier bottle of this that did not have much air-time. Color was consistant to the edge of the glass. Mouth feel was velvety. Taste was complex, layered, and had great depth. The finish was long, but near the end of the bottle the finish tailed off a bit without full, original flavor. Perhaps just a bit too much air or just that this wine is pushing 20 years old. A fine bottle of wine drinking beautifully right now. Being paired with a great steak didn't hurt.
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Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/11/2009
Bottle showed development with aromas of ceadr wood and meatstock. Still firm tannins and well supporting acidity. Ripe and well integrated fruit with long pallette. Excellent drinking for at least following 20 years.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2009
Drink Dates: 2009+
Tasted at the Acker BYOB. Surprisingly soft, deep red with a smoky nose. May not be at its peak yet, but very drinkable
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