Dense, dark and powerful, a mighty mouthful of black pepper-scented black cherry, stewed plum and licorice flavors that echo beautifully on the long, fine-grained finish. Somehow it finds an elegant balance in the end.
Much gamier than past versions of this wine. Light black pepper and black fruit aromas partner with strong hung game notes. Delicious syrupy raspberry fruit with moderate tannins and good acidity. When I tasted this wine it had just recently arrived in California so perhaps it was suffering some ill effects of its long voyage. Regardless, the wine still lived up to its reputation.
Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 93
Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Raspberry. Black Pepper, Raspberry. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish. Long finish.