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90+? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2009
(85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc): Moderately saturated dark ruby-red. Flowers, black cherry, camphor and a bell pepper note on the nose. Suave in texture but peppery in the mouth, with fresh blackcurrant, blackberry and coffee flavors, along with a leafy, herbal quality that suggests only moderate ripeness. A prettier, lighter version of Sassicaia that finishes noticeably long and refined, this will offer pleasant near-term drinking while your 04s and 06s mature in the cellar. But I would be very hesitant to write it off as a lesser Sassicaia, given this wines track record for improving with bottle age. The 2005 vintage was medium cool, in some respects similar to 2007, and Sebastiano Rosa told me they harvested a bit earlier than usual, as the forecast at the time was for a period of rain.