(From 2009 Vintage) Saturated deep ruby-red. Pungent, brooding, very ripe aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso and minerals, along with hints of spices and underbrush. Large-scaled, rich and deep, with superb chewy ripeness and terrific mineral lift. At once plush and powerful, boasting the texture of a first growth, with a near-perfect sugar/acid balance. The palate-staining finish features substantial ripe, chewy tannins and rising length.
DecanterRating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Opaque red; a lot of new oak on the nose, rather sweet and confected, upfront; supple, forward, not especially tannic, medium-bodied but not dilute, fresh but lacks depth; quite good length.
Wine SpectatorRating: 80/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/97.