Wow, this was a really beautiful nose. Dark cherry liquor with floral, licorice, casis and coffee notes. Very good body, but painfully young and tannic. Right now 92-93pts but this can go much higher with rich food or 10-15 years of aging. Rating based on future potential. Great.
Blackberries, casis and some dark chocolate. Medium + bodied and quite elegant, good texture. More chocolate on the palate with tannic finish, some smokiness shows up after it was sitting in the glass for a while. At this stage this actually tasted slightly better than the Special Selection 91-92
Closed nose, it needed some time to show some mild blackberries, grape juice and coffee. More coffee on the palate and strong creamy tannins. This might improve wit time but regular bottling is drinking slightly better right now.
This started with ink, cherries, tobacco, licorice and vanilla. Good finish with tobacco and some dark fruits. At this point this was around 90pts but after it opened even more it showed some oregano&thyme component which was a bit weird.
This was very good and even though it was quite well integrated it would use several more years in the bottle. Some roasted meat component on top of regular cabernet flavors in a medium body package. 90-91
This was an interesting experience. Almost orange color, with mostly cherries, funk and rose on the nose. Very well integrated with mild and pleasant mouth feel but almost no finish. 87-88 (tasted at the winery 02/09)
This was a very good chocolaty merlot, smooth with strong tannic finish. 89-90, I'll go with higher bracket based on good structure, which might add a point or two in the future (this was tasted at the winery but a bit on the colder side)