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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011
Medium red. Cherry, nectarine and orange peel on the nose, lifted by flowers. Intensely flavored and penetrating, boasting terrific energy and purity to its reticent middle palate. Denser and chewier than the classico, but at the same time a bit more high-pitched and exotic. A wine of terrific focus and verve, finishing with palate-staining, reverberating length. I initially scored this a half step behind the regular bottling, but this really exploded after 72 hours in the recorked bottle, while magically retaining its freshness. Easily the best vintage since 1999 for this beautiful estate on the northern edge of the appellation.