(From 2009 Vintage) The balance sheet is strikingly positive, particularly regarding the outstanding quality level of the fruit harvested. Spring 2009, as was the case in previous years, brought endless rainstorms, which severely tested the vineyard staff as they labored to balance vine growth and control pests, but the rain at the same time built up groundwater reserves. June and July, however, brought light levels of rain, which reversed the slowdown in vine growth and brought forward the ripening stage. The vines were thus able to perform at their best, and the grapes ripened slightly early compared to the previous years. September’s cool nights and warm, sunny days ensured that this demanding grape variety ripened perfectly and yielded wines of remarkable quality. Favourable growing conditions made it possible to bring into the cellars optimally-ripened grapes with good acid levels and complex aromatics The colour is a very concentrated ruby red. The bouquet releases enticing aromas of fruit such as blueberry, cherry, and plum, giving way to spicer impressions of green pepper, nutmeg, liquorice, and anise. The conclusion offers a hint of balsam and fresh almond together with sweeter notes of milk chocolate and cedar. On the palate the wine is full and flavourful with dense, silky tannins well supported by the alcoholic component. The finish is persistent and extremely harmonious.
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/98