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Complex, riveting aromas of dusty berry, anise and wild blackberry carry over to the palate in a tight, concentrated manner, offering great density, richness and complexity. Finishes with a return to the dusty berry flavors and firm tannins. 2,785 cases made.
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Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/27/2013
Browning medium ruby, slightly cloudy. Earthy cola and red fruit nose, with noticeable oak nuances. The palate follows the nose, with herbal and spice characteristics added in. Medium minus finish. Showing signs of age, and not as lovely as prior bottles.
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 07/24/2013
Red tart cherry smells and flavors. Not nearly as mature as I would have thought. Zesty acidity, dense fruit, bit hot, red with very slight bricking. Lacks a bit of clarity and focus.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
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Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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Serious and substantive in its perfume of incense, crushed plum, smoke, forest bark that foreshadow a silky and explosive mouthful of pinot fruit. The flavors are pure, reminiscent of a top vintage of Clos des Papes (usually the comparison is the other way around, but I've just been drinking so much damn Chateauneuf that I can'thelp but see Pinot in a Grenache light now!) in the spades of raspberry and kirsch liqueur that are offered up. As the wine sits in the glass, scents of moss, loam and damp meadow emerge. This wine is maturing beautifully and expresses a sense of sheer transparency that I?d aspire to attain if I were a winemaker in California.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2006+
Slightly cloudy but still nearly translucent red colored wine with a Burgundian (Cote de Beaune) nose of cherry, plum, spice, mint, and light earth. Elevated acidity somewhat mars the wine on the palate. Still, it offers plenty of candied fruit and oak flavors. Drink now to 2006+. 88 points ? not one of Kistler?s best efforts.
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