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Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rating: VN 95, ST 92, WA 92
A dark, virile wine. Scorched earth, herbs, licorice, smoke, espresso and tobacco infuse the 1999 with tons of power, but there is striking inner sweetness here as well. Soft tannins make the 1999 a real pleasure to taste. This is such a gorgeous and immensely pleasing wine.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Good full ruby. Sexy aromas of plum, truffle, mocha and musky coffee, plus a suggestion of old wood. Still quite dense, even young, with complex flavors of minerals, spices and underbrush. Boasts lovely silky sweetness but at the same time comes across as aromatic and nicely delineated, finishing with suave tannins and lovely persistence.
Stephen Tanzer, Stephan Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
Dark red with ruby tones. Dark fruits, tobacco and spices on the nose. A densely packed midweight with penetrating flavors of redcurrant, tobacco, spices and pencil shavings complicated by a subtle element of lurking peppery herbacity that only adds to its complexity. Very cleanly made wine with a strong spine of acidity and suave, refined tannins. This energetic wine was sharply delineated from the start and is evolving slowly and gracefully.
Stephan Tanzer, Vinous.
A wine with a potent personality. Dark and intense, with a massive core of tannins lining the racy, herbaceous bell pepper, currant, earth, mineral and tar flavors. Has a good dose of cedary oak. Finishes with firm tannins.
John Gilman, Wine Spectator.
TASTING NOTES Showing loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, licorice, charcoal embers and baking spices....
TASTING NOTES Offers up a cassis, smoked meat, blackberry preserves and spice cake-scented nose with...
TASTING NOTES Beautiful notes of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite, dried herbs, and...
Smooth and velvety, with pure, focused currant and plum fruit floating over superfine tannins, subtlety...