International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 111
($55) Bright ruby. Primary aromas of black raspberry, licorice and espresso complemented by sexy oak. Penetrating and intensely flavored, with a tight, sweet kernel of dark fruit flavor. Quite bright and shapely, but really needs another year or so in the bottle to show greater complexity.
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Author: Pierre Rovani
Cedar spices dominate the nose of the 2001 Merlot. A well-structured, medium-bodied wine, it offers loads of blackberry flavors in its broad, lengthy personality. It should be drunk over the next 4 years.
Author: Harvey Steiman
Bright and generous. A lively mouthful of blackberry, currant and floral aromas and flavors, picking up a fresh-earth quality as the finish lingers. Shows less oak than earlier vintages and gorgeous fruit. 2,478 cases made.
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 07/25/2010
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/05/2009
Tasted On: 03/21/2008
Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Tasted in vertical with '00,'01,'02. Best was '00,'02,01. Chamomile/vanilla nose all, but strongest on '00 & '02. Only '01 seemed to have lightened and fallen off.
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