Big and powerful, with lots of olive, brown sugar and jam. Soft and full, with round tannins. A voluptuous and wild wine. Juicy and exotic. Why wait on this full-throttle red? (JS, Web Only-2009)
Full ruby-red. Explosive aromas of currant liqueur and smoky oak; distinctly port-like yet vibrant. Lush, rich, smooth and highly concentrated; berry and dark chocolate flavors fill the mouth. Finishes very ripe, with thoroughly fine tannins and excellent length. (ST)
The 1998 reveals a dense, thick-looking purple color, as well as a closed bouquet. With coaxing, notes of damp earth, spicy new oak, truffles, blackberry and plum fruit emerge. Dense, with jagged tannin, considerable power, and a roasted, chocolatey character, this wine has not yet meshed together. I had hoped it would be less disjointed, but I still feel there is a strong likelihood that it will deserve an outstanding score. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. (RP)
Deep crimson. Lovely richness and concentration on the nose. Sweet start and great density even if not an enormous amount of freshness. Chewy finish.
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