($625) Good deep red. Knockout perfume of strawberry, violet and cocoa powder, complemented by sweet oak. Sappy, spicy and deep, with a compelling sweetness leavened by firm minerality. Wonderfully silky in texture and graceful. Highly complex flavors of raspberry, leather, smoke and mineral stain the back end with subtle perfume. This struck me as like a more pliant version of the Beaumonts but with the powerful mineral and tannic spine for a 20-year-evolution in bottle.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Burghound | Rating: 96
As one would reasonably expect, this is much more aromatically elegant and more expressive with a gorgeous range of black fruit aromas including plum and cassis as well as the classic Asian spice box nuances that introduce classy, pure and sleekly powerful flavors that are balanced, textured and lacy on the hugely long and mouth coating finish. This is a sophisticated wine with refined tannins and the staying power to last for decades. This is one of those 'wow' wines!