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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132
($105; a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot) Bright, deep ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, black licorice, tar, bitter chocolate and lead pencil. Sweeter than the 2003 but also quite juicy; this possesses a strong spine of acidity but the acids are more successfully integrated than in the 2003 thanks to more supporting flesh. Silky in the middle but the tannins are a bit tough. The merlot was affected by the heat spike in early September, noted Lou Kapcsandy.
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Tasted three times over five months, this wine is evolving beautifully. In the summer, the phenolic characteristics of the nose were somewhat dominating, masking much of what was going on elsewhere. In November of 2006, the nose is more evolved showing rich polished tannins with chocolate nougat, lavender and earth elements. On the palate, smooth black fruits, plum, fig, cherry with some hints of black olive. Nicely put together, needs time to settle down.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/14/2013
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/20/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Decanted for about 5 hours, deep dark ruby red, gorgeous nose of big cherries, blackberries and cassis. The tannins softened as the wine aired and were well integrated and soft towards the end of the bottle, a long soft finish. A great wine.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2017
Tasted On: 03/24/2007
Youthful Cab. Like a RB Bordeaux on steroids. 60% Cab, 40% Merlot. Rich, concentrated with silky smooth tanins. Black fruit, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Not overpowered by the oak. Well Balanced. Had it at Meadowood Restuarant with the gang. Was a perfect finish to our evening.
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