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96(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012
Flamboyantly mineral aromas and flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice, violet and exotic herbs. Large-scaled, creamy and deep; the biggest and chewiest of this set of 2009s, but with the brooding energy to leaven its lush texture. Finishes classically dry and serious, with big but fully ripe tannins that reach the front teeth. Usually powerful in a Leoville-Las Cases way, the 2009 Pluribus is remarkably harmonious from the start. Winemaker Cory Empting notes that a portion of this fruit was picked after the heavy mid-October rain, and that some of this material did not make the final blend. (I should note that my recent retaste of the 2008 Pluribus was even more impressive than the bottle I tried a year ago. This latest sample had gained in pliancy and breadth but remains extremely young, with the acid spine and tannic clout for a long evolution in bottle. I rated the wine 95(+?) in March.)