($188-$225) Full red. Musky aromas of briary dark fruits, cherry skin, graphite and chocolatey oak; less fruity than the Charmes. Sappy, rich and deep, with a chewy impression of extract to the cherry and mineral flavors. This is fruitier in the mouth than the nose suggests-and with more energy too. Despite its finishing lift, this is still youthfully imploded but its firmly tannic, edge-free finish suggests it will reward extended aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Great freshness and purity in the cherry and spice aromas segues into a rich, cherry- and mineral-flavored palate. The stiff tannins lend austerity to the finish, which is on the dry side.
Drink Dates: 2014-2028
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 91
Interestingly, the distinct notes of torrefaction and mocha that were present last year have almost completely disappeared, leaving fresh and mineral suffused cool red pinot and raspberry aromas merging into rich, full and ripe flavors that deliver impressive volume and finishing power on the remarkably persistent if somewhat bitter finish. I'm not sure why the bitterness is present because the structural elements are certainly ripe and it's not overly tannic either. A curious showing that may or may not round out.