Very cool and seductive nose of slate, graphite and purple fruits. Full body, silky and lively tannins. Lots of tension and intensity. Cool and crafted. Best ever under this label. Drink or hold.
Michel Rolland's enormous experience and obvious knowledge of great viticulture and winemaking has turned out a 300-case cuvée (14.7% natural alcohol) of exceptional wine. Notes of graphite, créme de cassis, blackberry, and a touch of coffee and white chocolate are present in this wine, which offers elegance, full body, beautiful purity, and sweet, well-integrated tannins. As the wine sits in the glass, some blueberry liqueur notes also develop. This plush, full-bodied wine should hit its prime in 4-5 years and last for 20 or more. I suppose it was inevitable that Michel Rolland, who consults with some of Napa Valley’s finest wineries, would produce a wine under his own name. 95+ (RP)
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