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91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Deep red-ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cherry, licorice, leather and mint, plus a whiff of tobacco leaf. Juicy, intense and sharply delineated, with enticing floral lift to the dark berry and mineral flavors. Very sexy, bright, refined wine with a firm tannic structure and excellent precision and lift. This was aged 18 months in French oak, 25% new, and bottled without fining or filtration. May well merit a higher score with three or four years of additional cellaring. I'd like to see this in a blind tasting with its Loire Valley counterparts.