This is so fresh still, just a baby. Blackberry, mineral, floral and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with focused, subtle fruit and a racy, refined and reserved tannin structure. This really needs time. Cuddled up in a ball of tannins. (JS, Web Only-2010)
Full ruby-red. Captivating nose of roasted currant, cedar and minerals, with a floral lift; quite fresh for the year. Sweet, supple, dense and full, with no dip in the middle. This is impressively chewy and concentrated for a '99. Finishes long and flavorful, with sweet, building tannins. (ST)
Tasted at the Las-Cases off-line at The Square. A consistent tasting note here. The ’99 retains a rather backward nose of cigar box, cedar and undergrowth, here with a faint touch of rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied and well defined though remaining stubborn and backward. Yet there is a lovely silky texture and over time it loosens its tie and develops intriguing honeyed notes towards an increasingly plush finish. The ’99 may merit a higher score in a couple of years. Tasted February 2011. (NM)
Sweet and muscular and a bit more concentrated than most but - I would submit, m'lud - not more fun. Pretty chunky tannins. Awkward and stolid and thick. Not much appeal. But long, playing the density card. 17/20
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