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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120
(includes 4% viognier) Good medium ruby. Black raspberry, roasted meat and gunflint on the nose. Sweet, fat and fine-grained, with smoked meat, mineral and saline notes. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and mouthcoating fruit. Lacks only the complexity for an even higher score.
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Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/20/2008
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/18/2009
Opulent with nice balance and moderate finish. A bit tart.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
A deep purple color tinged red with thin quite pigmented legs. Strong aromas of candied cherry and plum, chocolate, sweet earth, and espresso with watermelon, honeysuckle, and clay overtones. Thick and rich with plush tannin and loads of sweet fruit. Acidity is on the low side of sufficient but frankly I wish it were higher. Oily textured. Really fine length with plenty of smooth, opulent fruit hanging on until the end. Tannin however surprises by perking up at the end. Winemaker Francoise Peschon destemmed her fruit prior to whole-berry fermenting it using wild yeasts. A blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier that was raised in French oak (50% new) for 22 months prior to bottling.
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