A refined and pretty wine now with spice, berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Subtle spice aftertaste. Underrated wine.
One of the candidates for wine of the vintage, this beauty has a dense purple color to the rim and a classic, noble nose of graphite intermixed with black currant, spice box, licorice, and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional precision and definition, this beautifully textured wine stands out as one of the most successful wines of this irregular vintage. (RP)
Good red-ruby. Deep, aromatic, highly complex nose combines raspberry, espresso, tree bark, leather, graphite, cedar, coconut and exotic woodsmoke. Lush, sweet and pure, with very ripe flavors of currant, dark chocolate and graphite, nicely framed by perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes broad and suave; the tannins here make those of the young 2004 seem a bit tough by comparison. Superb, complete wine. (ST)
Has a plush edge, with plum skin and pulp flavors liberally lined with singed tobacco and alder notes. Shows ample maturity but remains very fine-grained, with a roasted bay accent emerging on the finish. (JM, Web-2016)
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By: Adam S. 6/13/2010
Get ready to pucker upon opening this tannic monster. I didn't really taste anything else until an hour after opening, when the tannins come under control and perhaps there's some muted fruit, vanilla, and oak. Still fairly closed. I've already had two bottles, one in late 2004 and one in June of 2010. I'd wait another 5 - 10 years for this one to show it's true colors.<br><br>Right now, I prefer the'96 over the '02.
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