International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88Deep red-ruby. Cool aromas of licorice, tar and maple syrup; smells like strong extraction. Thick, sweet and concentrated, with firm acids. Supple on the front end but rather musclebound on the back, with chewy tannins turning a bit dry with aeration. But features good length and avoids astringency.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Tightly wound, with an herbal streak running through the cassis, mineral, leather, tobacco and plum flavors that hide behind a wall of charry oak notes.Author: James Laube
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 103 bottles owned
- 23 collectors