An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste.--California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
This has a very ripe, blackberry, saddle-leather, slightly bretty/chocolaty nose with very fine definition, although slightly less vigour than the bottle encountered a couple of months ago. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry, touches of liquorices, leather, dried herbs, mint and a touch of camphor. Wonderful definition and lovely camarelized fruit towards the finish. Very harmonious and poised: Pomerol in profile. This is at its peak now but should continue there for another decade. Sublime. Drink now-2020+ Tasted June 2009. (NM)
Saturated dark red with a youthful rim. Extravagant nose combines roasted plum, currant, shoe polish, walnut, roast coffee and a whiff of raisin; grew fresher as the wine opened in the glass. Very rich but youthful in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and powerful underlying structure. Quite dense and full; flavors of plum, dark chocolate and burnished wood. Finishes very long, chewy and ripe, with firm tannic spine. Developing very slowly. (ST) 91+
This bottle was in great condition. Deep garnet with a rusty rim. Spicy, earthy nose and fully evolved tannins but excellent vibrant fruit still. Long and complex. 18/20 points
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