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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162
Good ruby-red. Aromas of blueberry jam, cocoa powder, mint, herbs and leather on the pungent nose. Dense and primary, displaying a much darker fruit character than the 2009, with blueberry, cassis and bitter chocolate flavors spreading out to saturate the palate. Finishes fresh, spicy and long, with black fruit flavors nicely buffering the wine's ripe tannins. Lovely potential here.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is shaping up to be another beauty. Violets, freshly cut flowers, mint, spice box and plums all jump from the glass in this vivid, beautifully delineated Cabernet. The sense of energy and drive are pure 2010. Today, the 2010 is super-young, but it is immensely promising. I can't wait to taste this in another year, but I imagine it will still be an infant at age ten. A tiny splash of Cabernet Franc adds complexity to the Cabernet Sauvignon Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.
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