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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 170
(70% monastrell and 30% cabernet sauvignon; aged for 24 months in new French and American oak): Opaque ruby. Ripe, expressive scents of black raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and potpourri. Fat, full and concentrated, offering intense black and blue fruit preserve flavors and notes of licorice and mocha. Finishes spicy and very long, with smooth, sweet tannins and slow-building smokiness.
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Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/27/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2023
This is a hedonist's dream - this really has it all. Dark berries wrapped in milk chocolate/mocha with a bulldozer of power behind it. I was super impressed how well this is drinking now and when the tannins start to subside this is going to be even better. One of the best wines this year? Yeah, maybe! Purple almost black, thick and mouth-filling. So aromatic. This was not losing any steam but it was so good we all drank it so fast. The best wine under $40? This might just be.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/22/2013
very new world style, somewhat "grapey" taste
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