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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($75) Good deep red-ruby. Complex nose melds black cherry, dark chocolate, tobacco and fresh herbs. Plush and sweet, with a burst of sappy maraschino cherry and briary black raspberry flavor. Boasts real mountain-fruit intensity, with ripe acidity and suave tannins giving it considerable early sex appeal. Still, this will probably be at its best in three to five years. Made from special blocks situated on Mt. Veeder a mile into Sonoma Valley and aged entirely in Darnajou barrels. Winemaker Mark Herold noted that in this cool vintage with a potentially copious yield it was necessary to drop a lot of crop to get the rest ripe.