(1999 Vintage) A ripe black cherry stained wine. Powerful and intense, the nose is cooked forest berries, cherry pips, cassis, boysenberry, mineral and resin. Toast, grilled espresso beans and bitter chocolate accompany cigar tobacco leaves and bitter almond. On the palate, the dense and vivacious attack evolves toward a strong structure of round, tight and refined tannins. The excellent concentration of berries, prunes and dark cocoa persists, and aromas of smooth coffee linger on the palette. A singular balance and wonderful finesse, the finish has great persistence.
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01
Wine Enthusiast(1998 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 06/07