International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162
(includes 17% petit verdot): Dark purple. Aromas of cherry compote, cassis and pipe tobacco, with bright mineral and spice notes gaining strength with air. Sappy, alluringly sweet dark fruit flavors show a seamless texture and excellent clarity. Suave, harmonious tannins add shape and gentle grip to the very long, focused, refreshingly bitter finish.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
Ramey's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum has shut down quite a bit since I tasted it last year, not at all uncommon for wines of this vintage. Still big, huge and rich, the 2009 flows across the palate with massive fruit, but the flavors aren't totally open today. At the same time, it is impossible to miss the wine's underlying energy. The combination of sheer opulence and big, broad-shouldered structure is compelling. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully to age twenty, if not beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029.
Author: James Laube
Offers a baseline rich earthiness to the dried currant, beefy herb and cedar flavors, ending with chewy tannins and notes of anise and cedar. Ends with drying tannins.
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