(14.4% alcohol; 52% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 9% each cabernet franc and malbec): Dark ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are complicated by tobacco, menthol and spicecake and lifted by a floral topnote. Large-scaled and superripe, with a more obvious glyceral sweetness than the 2010 cabernet. This remarkably voluminous yet lively and balanced blend shows captivating spicy lift to its dark berry, black cherry and chocolate flavors. The slowly building, very long finish shows huge, tooth-dusting tannins that seem a bit rougher than those of the cabernet, but this wine just needs an extended snooze in a cool cellar.Author: Stephen Tanzer
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98 bottles owned by 21 collectors.
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