Good saturated ruby-red. Crystallized berries, black cherry, chocolate and minerals on the nose. Sweet on entry, then surprisingly open in the middle considering the recent bottling, with notes of raspberry, currant, chocolate and mocha, all lifted by new oak. Chewy, ripe and strong; this builds and broadens from entry to back end. Tannins are strong but smooth. A superb effort for the year. According to Soter, this wine has an impressive 32 grams per liter of dry extract, which would go a long way toward explaining its density of texture. 92(+?) (ST)
Introduced by attractive aromas of ripe currants and very sweet, slightly creamy oak, this very well-composed Cabernet displays an especially keen sense of fruity focus as well as exceptionally fine balance. If never a wine of enormous extract, it gets its points for proportion and polish and is, at every stop, wholly varietal in flavor and feel. It is still very much a youngster, yet it promises to age famously and should find increasing refinement over the next five or six years.
Elegant yet richly flavored, built around a core of tasty plum and black cherry that fills out nicely on the palate, offering depth, richness, focus and length.
Not really at its best now, a subdued, shy wine offering little beyond serious tannins and an earthiness infused with cassis. The finish is very astringent and sticky, yet the intense, lingering taste of cherries and currants suggests cellaring through 2008, if not longer.
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