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91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , October 2010
($65) Saturated ruby-red. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, minerals and menthol on the rather masculine, Hermitage-like nose. Less musky and more primary than the 2007 was at the same stage, offering a powerful, densely packed core of dark berry, pepper and spice flavors. Superb inner-mouth energy gives this wine sharp delineation. The tannins spread out to dust the entire palate. This very young and structured wine is built to age. Doesn't show the finishing leather and meat notes of the 2007 yet, but this wine has more force, and greater complexity will come. (An earlier sample showed an almost liqueur-like candied fruit quality but was even more backward and brooding.) (Kobrand, Inc., New York NY)