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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - test
($100; a blend of 51% cabernet sauvignon, 31% merlot and 18% petit verdot; aged in 100% new oak, 95% of it French) Bright ruby-red. Pure, floral aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and minerals, with complicating notes of tobacco, tar, pepper and licorice. Suave on entry, then fat, dense and backward. Very firmly structured wine that's youthfully tight and sharply focused. Not a bigger wine than the cabernet, but its cut and clarity are exhilarating. The flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and flowers outlast the wine's firm, fine-grained tannins. Superb. An outstanding showing for this year's crop of red wine releases from Leonetti.