International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116
($100) Bright red-ruby. Flamboyant nose combines cassis, black pepper and smoky French oak. Sweet on the palate but with lovely cut, thanks to firm acidity. flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with building tannins and strong oakiness.
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/01/2013
I think something is wrong with this wine. Not corked but some oxidation.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/17/2011
Has really come into its own. Decant for 30-60 minutes. Medium bodied, food friendly, lengthy finish. Drink now or the next year or two.
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 09/10/2011
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/30/2010
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/11/2009
I had this with a grilled NY Strip steak on 5/11/09. It had a fabulous bouquet of cassis, blackberry, pencil shaving, french roasted coffee, burnt toast and spice aromas. The palate followed with blackberry, black currant, burnt toast, espresso and spice flavors. It was very full bodied with round, well integrated tannins. It had a long and very dusty, dry finish. It was very good.
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