($325) Musky, leesy, deeply pitched nose hints at menthol, minerals and smoky oak. Large-scaled, rich and fat but a bit musclebound today and extremely hard to taste (|a colossus,| says Morey). Powerful acidity leavens the dense pineapple fruit. This is almost painful today but not at all over the top for the year. Lively on the aftertaste but more about power than juiciness today. This may well merit a significantly higher score with bottle aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2008
Burghound | Rating: 94
Here the nose is very ripe, indeed to the point of being exotic with peach, apricot, mango and pineapple aromas preceding exceptionally rich, full and obviously well-muscled big-bodied flavors that culminate in an explosive and hugely long finish. This is atypical compared to what Morey usually does with his Bƒtard but it is undeniably impressive.