(From 2013 Vintage) It exhibits sweeter tannins along with dense black fruits intermixed with charcoal, creme de cassis, roasted herbs, and spice box. It is a big, thick, juicy, nearly over-the-top wine with impressive balance.
(From 2009 Vintage) Color: Deep ruby with plum rim. Aroma: Deep black fruit beautifully integrated with herbal, tobacco notes. Sweet spices of vanilla, licorice, and oriental spice add complexity with cocoa and slight floral accents rounding out the nose. Palate: Full bodied with fruit of black cherry, blackcurrant and dark plum with tobacco, chocolate, and mineral notes and layers of brown spice and sweet vanilla. The finish is extremely long and rich with bright fruit, spice, and herbal notes balanced nicely by fresh structural elements that include some firm, but rounded tannins that give a good indication of this wine’s ability to cellar for a while.
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Wine Advocate(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05