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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
(16.5% alcohol; just 10% new oak): Inky dark ruby to the rim. Superripe aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Huge, sweet and utterly primary, with a port-like grapey quality to the crushed black cherry flavor. The wine's thick, powerful fruit is supported by strong but surprisingly fine-grained tannins. Ultimately more harmonious and approachable than the chewier, more tannic 2007 but I'd still give this a decade in the cellar for the tannins to be absorbed. For all its thickness, this does not come across as overly sweet.