Inky purple. Potent, liqueur-like aromas of cherry-vanilla and cassis, with an array of floral and spice notes adding complexity. Pliant and silky in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a touch of candied rose; manages to be both ripe and vivacious, thanks to strong peppery spices and minerality. Tannins make a late arrival and add structure and depth to the seductively sweet fruit, which doesn't let up on the finish.
Sleek and polished up front, with a rich core of spicy currant, mineral, loamy earth and floral scents, this is deceptively tannic and muscular in a positive way on the finish, so even as you chew through it, the flavors glide along gracefully. Best from 2013 through 2024. 252 cases made. –JL
...As usual, the 2008 seems firmer, more tannic and austere than the other wines in this portfolio. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of crushed rocks, loamy soil, tobacco leaf and red and black currants offered in a full-bodied, gritty, tannic, muscular style. Forget this 2008 for 2-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.
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