Bright medium ruby. Cool aromas of cassis, black raspberry, gunsmoke, minerals and earth. Complex, precise and soil-inflected, with a chewy, granular texture and strong supporting structure. Lovely sappy dark berry flavors are still a bit folded in on themselves. Firmly built but not at all hard, and very subtle on the aftertaste. Always the best wine in the cellar.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2002
Big, bold and robust with aromas of toast and ash, game, fur, smoke and earth followed by powerful, chewy and quite structured, mildly jammy flavors with an intensity that builds from the attack all the way to the long finish. Bright acidity and oak toast frame the finish yet this should integrate over time. A very solid effort that will require some time to fully express itself.
This has added a bit more weight since I last tried it from barrel and this too is big, bold and robust with aromas of game, fur, smoke and earth followed by powerful and quite structured flavors with an intensity that builds from the attack all the way to the long finish. There is superb clarity of flavor and excellent delineation for such a big wine. Bright acidity frames the finish yet this will integrate over time. A very impressive effort.