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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010
($75; 100% chiavennasca) Moderately saturated red with a hint of amber. Full-blown nose offers black cherry and orange peel aromas, plus musky elements of coffee and tobacco. Starts smooth, with black cherry, blueberry and tar flavors, but the powerful tannins coat the mouth dry. There's also a slight vegetal streak on the finish but good length. This was made from grapes that were air-dried for 3 months and aged for 20 months in 50- and 80-hectoliter casks. There's probably enough fruit hiding behind the oaky veneer for it to improve with a little cellaring. Though it's a huge wine-16.2% alcohol, 6.85 g/l total acidity, and 34.7 g/l dry extract!-I would have liked to see a little more ripe fruit flavor and a little less oak.