Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage)
Wine & Spirits(2000 Vintage) Very dark ruby in the glass, almost blackish, with a narrow ruby rim. Syrupy legs, slow, and stained with purple tint. Pronounced aromatics - blackberry, cedar, plum compote, cloves, cardamon - some wafts of alcohol - showing big fruit. Also, an earthy, mushroom component, subtle, layering the nose with intriguing organics beneath the heavy fruit. The palate has a chewy texture, almost jammy, with dense fruitcake flavors, but the woodsy, cedar spice and firm structure prevent the fruit from seeming overly ripe. The tannins are still strong, but not overbearing - although delicious now, I may keep mine in the cellar for another five years, giving the massive fruit and tannins time to integrate.