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91(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012
(14.8% alcohol, vs. 14% for the basic Napa Valley bottling): Bright ruby-red. Reticent aromas of cassis and licorice are complicated by musky espresso and mocha. Penetrating and youthfully medicinal, with a firm tannic structure giving this wine an early toughness. But finer-grained than the Napa Valley bottling, and suaver on the building finish, which is sweetened by some chocolatey oak. I'd give this at least five or six years in the cellar. Although the Antinori family notes their 626-year winemaking history on the label, it's hard to predict whether these two cabernets will blossom and gain in pliancy with bottle aging.