Medium red; the fullest color to this point. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, blueberry, licorice, espresso, wild herbs and underbrush complemented by mocha and meat nuances. Wonderfully broad and rich on entry, then powerful and penetrating in the mid-palate, with its very ripe dark fruit, mocha and espresso flavors accented and enlivened by black pepper, crushed rock and dusty herbs. Not quite opulent or thick but densely packed. Finishes classically dry and youthfully backward, spreading out to saturate the palate with a serious dusting of tannins. This wine’s fruit is developing nicely but it would appear to have the backbone for a graceful evolution in bottle. In fact, the wine’s tannic structure reminded me a bit of Cabernet. (13.5% alcohol; 3.45 pH; 3.5 g/l acidity)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Robert Parker 93
Medium+ ruby-garnet. Very pretty floral and pure red berry aromas with notes of pomegranate, violets, milk chocolate truffles and a touch of sage. The elegantly fruited palate is still a little tight yet already gives a peek at future pleasures with just the right concentration of berry flavours balanced by crisp acidity and a medium level of finely grained tannins. Long finish. Drink 2010 – 2019. Tasted February 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019
Very glorious fruit expression on the nose. Complete. Spreads right across the palate. Real delicacy and lift. Lovely stuff. Still lots of tannin but well hidden. Thierry Bruin thinks it will close up soon but it’s still pretty lovely now. (JR)
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020