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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005
($150; bottled two weeks prior to my visit, following 38 months in oak) Superripe aromas of pepper, chocolate and menthol. Wonderfully deep flavors of cherries and spice. A very fresh, elegant wine with compelling sweetness but also excellent backbone. Really coats the palate on the very long aftertaste, finishing with strong spiciness and great lift. This makes the Guigal 2000 La-La wines seem almost soft by comparison.