International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($85) Good red-ruby. Wild aromas of bitter cherry, gunflint, smoke, leather and iron. Juicy, tightly wound and penetrating but dense, with somewhat funky notes of currant, leather, iron and tree bark that call to mind a wine from the Old World. Finishes with firm tannins and good brightness and persistence.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2003
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Rich and focused, with herb, currant, anise, sage and cedary oak flavors that are balanced and long, and tasty on the finish. Shows complexity, with its mix of tobacco and sage flavors. Firmly tannic. 5,130 cases made.Author: James Laube
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 212 bottles owned
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