International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108
($99; 83% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cab franc, 5% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Full red-ruby. Crystallized redcurrant, licorice, shoe polish, smoky oak and menthol on the nose. Dense, lush and sweet, but ultimately a Dominus of moderate size and scale. Fruit-driven flavors of redcurrant, black cherry and tobacco, with a hint of fresh herbs. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and a slight medicinal austerity. A stylish, rather Pauillac-like wine with lovely clarity of flavor. My sample had been poured into a decanter two hours before I tasted it and showed the benefits of aerating a very young cabernet-based wine. The same wine from a new bottle showed much more pungent green pepper and bay laurel aromas and a leaner texture.
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/22/2012
This is a beautiful, well constructed wine. Tannins still had good structure and could age at least another 10 years. I decanted it for an hour, and enjoyed dark fruits, with a nice long finish. This was a great bottle of wine.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/22/2011
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/03/2011
Tasted On: 12/24/2010
Not as good as the 2003, but still pretty amazing. Ha, Dominus....
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/02/2010
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