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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2002
(from 34-year-old vines, according to Guthrie; fermented with 40% whole clusters) Medium dark red. Musky aromas of cassis, black raspberry, bitter chocolate, gunflint and smoke, lifted by floral and cracked pepper notes. Then surprisingly juicy and bright in the mouth; not particularly fleshy or big but intensely flavored and pure, with sound natural acidity. My initial impression was that this fresh, firmly built wine did not quite deliver what the nose promised, but it continued to gain in palate presence and nuance with time in the glass.