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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 143
($326) Bright medium red. Captivating but reduced aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, dried flowers and spices. Juicy and vibrant but youthfully unforthcoming, offering excellent energy and grip to its intense raspberry, spice and stone flavors. Best today on the very long, lively aftertaste, which features substantial dusty tannins and terrific architecture for aging. I would not be surprised if this merited a score in the mid-90s a decade from now.
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Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/15/2010
Drink Dates: 2021-2021
Tasting note: A completely backward but superbly complex nose displays layered aromas that run to game and underbrush as well as ripe red and dark berry fruit trimmed in a bit of wood toast that give way to rich, sweet and mouth coating big-bodied flavors that possess plenty of muscle and real volume on the explosive, textured and sappy finish that is impressively concentrated and wonderfully long. There is ample structure here as well though it's largely buffered by all of the mid-palate extract and I particularly like the depth. A serious wine that will live for decades.
Tasted: Jan 01, 2008 Score: 92-95 Drink: 2021+
- Comments: Don't miss!
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 05/06/2009
I think this is a wine that will probably be rather tremendous down the road, but it is too early to be drinking this wine for sure. This wine was decanted for about 2 hours before drinking, and then enjoyed over the next 4 hour or so, and the changes that are coming out from this wine were rather dramatic. Ruby like purple color. The aroma of the wine is the star right now, whether it is after 2 hours decanting or after 4 hours. The following tasting notes will go through chronologically my experience with this wine. At first, the aroma is calm and peaceful, but with fruit aromas melted all together that are tightly contained in the glass. The aroma was neither overpowering nor beaming out from the glass, and you really need to get your nose in the glass to get the full effect of the aroma, but boy, it was wonderful. The aroma seems to have formed a self-containing sphere in the glass, if that makes any sense. The aroma was also soft and elegant, with initially a more blueberry dominated smell that also has a good amount of red fruits, such as cherry. The aroma is sweet and a little bit sugary, with a little bit of 7-Up scent mixed in there as well, just gorgeous. The wine tasted rather closed at this point, with a rather somewhat oak-like character and coffee flavor that is a little bitter. The wine has a very good texture though, as if it is weightless and just seamlessly glides down. As the wine is closed, the berry fruits seem to be protected by this thin layer of invisible wrap. After about another 2 hours, the aroma has changed to become a bit sour, like sweet cream cheese mixed together with berries. The wine tasted about the same at this point, but seems heavier but retained its excellent texture and the sensation, with just something that seems rather attractive, a mystery in a way. After another 30 minutes, the wine emits a sensual scent of deep and erotic brown sugar that is just breathtaking. On the palate, the wine became even more full and powerful, with a nice blueberry dominated flavor that started to show through and is expanding in my mouth. A bit later, the aroma of the wine exhibits a cool breeze mint or icy cold gum flavor like scent. This icy coolness carried through onto the palate, with a very interesting flavor of those icy flavored throat candies that carried a bit of medicine-like character. After a bit more time, strawberry became the dominating aroma. Some spiciness also started to appear at this point (roughly 6 hours after opening). On the palate, the wine became even more mature, with the initial softness and gliding sensation disappearing, but remained elegant (not that the wine is not soft at this point, but just less so). The coffee like bitterness and austereness remains rather evident, and although that take away from the overall attractiveness of the wine, it did not diminish the pleasantness of this wine. I am not sure what score to give this wine, in one way, the aroma is close to 96 or even 97, but on the palate, the flavor is only about a 91-94 range (mostly because of the potential and the good texture, but honestly, if purely based on the flavor of the wine and not the sensation that this wine gives you, its in the 89-91 point range). An extremely interesting wine that offers a different aspect every 20 minutes or so, the wine just keeps on changing. Charming and peaceful, a bit of serene quality, but with some noise in the background that somewhat ruins a picture perfect moment. I think the initial score of A- / 93 is too low, but will probably be 97 or so later on in life, so I upped it to A / 94 partially on potential. By the way, I still taste a few residual flavors the next day in the early evening (I did brush my teeth if you wonder).
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