(vinified with about one-third whole clusters; aged for 24 months in one-third new 500-liter barrels and bottled without fining or filtration): Bright medium ruby. Pungent, pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and herbs. Dense, saline, concentrated and juicy but silky and fine-grained too. Dark berry and violet flavors show terrific energy and definition, with pepper and herb notes providing additional lift. A touch of smoked meat adds another dimension but this wine stands out most for its terrific purity of fruit, inner-mouth perfume and building, subtle length. I'd give it a year or two of additional cellaring to resolve its firm tannins; it should age gracefully.(ST)
Black cherries with ripe strawberries on the nose. Balanced with lots of fresh strawberries. A bit of green at the end and quite short. Drink now.
Selected fruit and selected barrels. 15% whole bunch. 24 months in barrel, 25% new. Mid cherry red. Sweet, ripe but scented cherry fruit on the nose. Still pretty youthful on the palate, firm tannins are filled out with peppery Syrah fruit but will benefit from a little longer in the bottle. Still pretty chewy. Serious wine that’s not trying to flatter. 17+/20 points (JH)
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