($46; blended with 9% malbec, 8% merlot, 3% petit verdot and 2% cab franc) Bright, deep ruby-red. Musky, minerally, spicy aromas of blackberry, blueberry, leather and tree bark. Quite penetrating on the palate, with terrific intensity and cut to the black cherry and currant flavors. Denser and larger-scaled than the Clos de Betz. This, too, finishes with excellent cut, growing sweeter and longer as it opens in the glass. There's firm tannic spine here but no impression of dryness.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Smooth and round, with a pleasant mineral note adding interest to the beautifully integrated oak and plangent currant and blackberry fruit. Finishes supple and harmonious.