(2008 Vintage) Intense ruby colour with garnet reflections, pronounced and complex bouquet with hints of cherry, fruits of the forest, spicy scents of violet and tobacco and a suggestion of minerals. Elegant, smooth, velvety and intense it displays characteristic hints of plums, black cherries, black pepper and tar. It is full bodied and austere on the palate with balanced tannins and acidity. It will continue to age and develop for more than a decade.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 06/09. Grown in calcareous clay soils at 1,350 feet, this balances ripe cherry and plum fruit with savory tannins. The structure softens with air, showing the heat of the season in the wine's gentle tannins, yet there's a bright core of acidity to retain focus. Drinking well now, with lasting flavors of dried rose, cherry and earth, this is a good match for braised lamb shanks.