My favorite of this trio is the elegant, classic, seemingly fully mature 2001 Trilogy, a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Displaying beautiful finesse and richness as well as a layered mouthfeel, it offers up notes of red and black currants, hints of blue fruits and raspberries, camphor, sweet oak, forest floor and underbrush. This complex red could easily pass for a top-notch Bordeaux given its finesse and overall balance. It should continue to provide pleasure for a decade or more.
Comes down on the tough side, with tannins that bury the fruit. Clearly a young, rather aggressive wine, but one whose deep core of black cherry and blackberry fruit has good potential. Cellar for a good six years.
Hinting at a bit of herbs in the nose, but principally smelling of sweet cherries, caramel and cappuccino, this fairly vital young wine follows with medium-deep flavors of slightly nervy, not quite fully extracted fruit. If just tough enough at the end to dissuade early drinking, it is never so tannic as to call for extended keeping, and it will show its best face if cellared for four or five years.
Smooth, with creamy oak woven in with the rich, supple herb, spice, plum and cherry notes, finishing with supple texture, with the fruit and wood merging on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Tasted three times, with consistent notes. Drink now through 2008.
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