(From 2010 Vintage) This wine shows deep dense plum color with great density. The nose opens with anise and spice before moving into rich layers of blackberry and cherry compote. All that great concentrated fruit is beautifully complemented with barrel tones of vanilla and clove. It is quite youthful and lively on the palate with a good firm acid core - great for food pairing - and abundant velvety tannin. Complex layers of black fruits through the mid palate, with good barrel spice underlayment throughout, are nicely complemented by bright red fruit on the finish.
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very good wine but softer when compared to Dominus 1989 and montelena 1994. wine developed nicely over the evening, picking up a bit more power and taste and time progressed,even though wine was decanted for more than 3 hours. lovely.
vivacious nose and follow through. like a wild teacher next to a straight laced stag leap school kid. nose developed throughout the night giving hints of medicinal herbal tones.
Robert Parker(From 1999 Vintage)