A joy to drink now, and will develop over a decade or more. A dry, pure, focused wine whose intricately detailed cherry, cola and cranberry flavors are enhanced by minerally things from the earth and a near-perfect application of oak. Changes by the second in the glass, ever fascinating. *Cellar Selection*
This is also overtly and elegantly perfumed with a similar nose but one that evidences more obvious spice and plum notes. The textured and lush flavors are delicious and attractively vibrant and terminate in a long, mouth coating and beautifully well-balanced finish. As it usually does, this delivers a striking drinking experience. *Outstanding*
(14.1% alcohol; 3.5 pH; aged in barrel for 18 months): Medium red. Aromas of dark cherry and licorice plus a light stemminess. Plush, concentrated and ripe, offering strong flavors of dark fruits and cranberry liqueur; still a bit youthfully musclebound in spite of its fine grain. The 2007 is more refined but this wine should evolve nicely as its tannins come into balance. Finishes with slowly mounting perfume and hints of citrus fruit and wood spices. Following the severe spring frost that cut the potential size of the crop by 25%, the team eliminated the second set of buds; the growing season also featured extreme heat at harvest time. (ST) 91+
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