(From 2009 Vintage) Violets and blackberries gain support from notes of licorice, smoke, and a strong streak of minerality. Great structure, awe-inspiring balance and an attenuated finis.
The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, licorice, mineral and coffee scents. Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
Expressive aromas of black raspberry, mocha, espresso, game and smoke. Lusher and sweeter than the normale, with more depth of fruit. The tannins are substantial but hit the palate later. Still, this ...
Wine AdvocateRating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 124 on Aug-99
Wine SpectatorRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/98