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91(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012
Good full dark red. Spicy aromas of black raspberry, mocha, cola, chocolate, meat, sandalwood and cardamom; initially reminded me of a very good Beaujolais cru but it's more complex than that. Began slightly disjointed, with a decadent ripeness clashing with elevated acidity and hardened by CO2 but came into better harmony with extended aeration. The musky, rich dark berry, black cherry and spice elements maintain a brisk, wild character but really energize the mouth. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and firm-edged acidity. Give this a good double-decanting to eliminate some of gas if you plan to open a bottle anytime soon, or simply lay it down for a few years. There's a distinct western Sonoma quality to this wine--no surprise as Ted Lemon makes this wine for American wine distributor Marquis Sauvage, who bought this property in 2002 and began planting his vineyard in 2003.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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