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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162
(53% merlot, 42% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot): Good full ruby-red. Aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and spicy oak. Dense, bright and concentrated, with a slightly high-toned character to the rather plush flavors of cassis and bitter chocolate. A bit youthfully medicinal today, not particularly sweet but structured to age. A step up in depth and structure from the Bard and the Falstaff bottlings, combining the texture of merlot with the firm spine of cabernet.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2009 The Tempest is a beautiful, graceful wine laced with expressive red fruit, flowers and spices. It shows lovely mid-palate pliancy and fabulous length in an understated, feminine style. Bright floral notes are nicely layered into the finish.
Author: James Laube
Offers that rare combo of power and finesse, with bold aromas of blackberry and spicy mocha opening to supple, beautifully structured flavors of currant, espresso and olive that tighten on the finish with a flourish of big but ripe tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/11/2012
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