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International Wine Cellar
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 151
($130; 100% merlot; 18 months in all-new barriques; 14.3% alcohol) Inky black-purple. Spicy black cherry and forest floor aromas are complicated by very intense, pure notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and fleshy on entry, with nicely balanced milk chocolate and black plum flavors complemented by minerals, herbs and more coffee. Large-scaled and broad on the back end, finishing with peppery yet silky-smooth tannins and a salty edge. This mesmerizing wine will not let go of your palate. Not the most refined version of merlot you'll ever try, but sure to be one of the most impressive.
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Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/05/2012
Initially very tight, but opened up beautifully with a little time and air. Less acidity than many Tuscans. Great with food but also a good sipping wine.
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