89 Points

Friday, March 9, 2012 - Shows some similarities to the 2009 Gramercy I finished off last night, though this is comparatively smoother, sweeter and less "sauvage." The nose shows smoked meat, iron, ripe blackberries and a slight green/vegetal/herbal edge. Notes of white pepper, tobacco and cedar accent the core of black fruits. The finish is quite long and smooth, with little apparent tannin. Though full-bodied with a rich, silky mouthfeel, this seems to lack the structure for aging (apparent low acids, probably a bit of residual sugar and low tannins), so I would probably enjoy them in the short-term for their youthful exuberance. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser, but I prefer the racier more animalistic style of the entry-level Gramercy to this wine. I liked this less as the evening went on. Trying to be objective I would rate this an 89, but I would put it closer to an 85 to my personal tastes.

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