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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138
($170-$180) Good full red-ruby. Very ripe, musky aromas of black plum, currant, menthol, dark chocolate, mocha and meat; less pristine than the 2006 but rather youthfully subdued today. Then lush and fat but not overly sweet in the mouth, with a nice balance between ripe fruit and harmonious acidity. A full, broad wine that builds slowly and lingers on the back end, which features substantial but ripe, round tannins. Can't quite match the young 2006 for vitality, but this is distinctly more exotic, in the style of the year.
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Author: James Suckling
Beautiful currant, berry and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with tar and berry character, fine tannins and a long finish. I was expecting a little more from this, but it's still outstanding.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/17/2012
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Aromas of liquorice, black fruit and game. Taste of leaves and candy. wait.
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 12/01/2009
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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While my commentary on the 2000 encompasses all that is classic and revered about the 'vintage of the century,? the ?05 unfortunately demonstrates what missing the boat on the ride to greatness is. Perhaps the least aristocratic expression of modern Lalande, a fig, dark plum sauce, bitter chocolate and blackberry loaded experience that becomes a bit disjointed and clipped by intrusive tannins and a modest finish. This wine certainly has outstanding potential, as there is quite a bit of ripe fruit to offset its constitution, but it is neither exciting nor singular, yet it certainly is expensive.
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