(From 2008 Vintage) A complex wine with a bouquet of spicy, red berry fruit, showing notes of tobacco and leather. The palate is both creamy and elegant with extremely fine tannins, good intensity and a firm persistent finish. Very stylish, will continue to improve in the bottle for up to 10 years.
(From 2004 Vintage) Made exclusively from selected grapes hand picked at optimum maturity from chosen sites in our own vineyards. Fermented without stems under temperature control, frequent delestage, followed by extended skin maceration to enhance varietal fruit characters, and to provide tannin structure and balance. Aged for 12 months in American oak (15%) and new French oak (85%) barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and filtered in July 2006.
Wine AdvocateRating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07