There is a ripe, sweet quality in this wine that reminds a bit of aged Merlot, and given that its tannins are smoothing, the wine presents a different aging regimen than its peers directly above. If this one lasts for another decade, it will be on the basis of fruit evolution rather than structural improvement... *Two stars*
This luxury cuvee produced from a single-vineyard is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. It is made in an exceptionally restrained, polite style that is meant to emulate a Bordeaux, but may go too far in terms of delicacy and subtlety. It is an attractive wine, with a dark ruby color, and a moderately intense nose of red/black currants, and spicy new oak. In the mouth, it is elegant and medium-bodied, with good richness, moderate tannin, and a pure finish. Subtlety is a worthy goal in winemaking, but this example may err too far in that direction. Already supple and velvety-textured ... (RP)
Deep red-ruby. Currant, tobacco and roasted meat aromas, plus some high-toned tar and mint with aeration. Smoky, sweet flavors of red berries, tobacco and mocha; a bit green around the edges. Finishes with slightly dry tannins, some unresolved acids and a note of damp earth.
Gallops with ease through a barnyard of earth and leather, ending with an austere, acrylic edge and a hint of dried, earthy currant... (JL, Web only-2005)
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