Good medium-deep red. Superripe, slightly high-toned nose shows less verve than a barrel sample I tried a year ago. Big and rich in the mouth, with a hint of menthol coolness to go along with the very ripe impression. Totally different from the same cuvee from the 2010 vintage: distinctly less tactile and clinging. Will this gain in complexity with bottle aging? Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. From a well-drained, warm vineyard.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
This detailed, pure red evokes violet, cherry, currant and spice flavors. As this develops on the palate, a mineral element emerges, with a savory, lingering aftertaste. Harmonious and fresh.
An exuberantly spicy nose of wild raspberries, black cherry and sandalwood introduces rich, intense and sophisticated flavors that are quite fresh with an almost delicate mouth feel yet no lack of punch on the sappy, minerally and satiny finish. This wine combines power with finesse and should be excellent if given a decade or so of cellar time. BH 91 Drink 2019+