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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150
($90) Deep red. Crushed blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and nutty oak on the nose. Supple and velvety but a bit unforthcoming, with firm acidity framing the somewhat medicinal flavors of red berries, bitter cherry, dark chocolate and licorice. More about soil than primary fruit, and rather brooding for a pinot from this producer, but there's very good intensity here. Finishes with gently chewy tannins and excellent tenacity. Cabral says that this dry-farmed pinot is an anomaly this year, explaining that "it's usually more feminine but with '08 being a drought year you get more manly character, more power."
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Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/08/2011
Enthralling nose of wild black raspberry, strawberry, tar and campfire smoke with a touch of nettle and mocha. The palate beautifully balances plushness and precision with its layers of red and black fruits, dandelion and burdock, and a touch of mint. The finish has excellent persistence with just a little tannin remaining and a pleasing edge of citrus. I think another two years will open the finish a little more or decant it several hours before drinking and it is amazing now.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/19/2011
Best pinot I've had in months, maybe years. Blackberries, Asian spice, green tea and toffee on the nose. In the mouth, rich dark red fruits with a nice balance of acidity, black truffle, dried spices and mineral. The ripe, somewhat masculine tasting tannins are balanced by the concentration of fruit and a long juicy finish. A big pinot with immense ageing potential.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/13/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2018
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