92 Points

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - Man, I was really disappointed with how this wine showed. Big and brawny - even after a four hour decant - with a cough syrupy back end. The nose was just as big and juicy. Nose showed big plums, purple fruit, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Mostly, though, it was just fruit, fruit and too much fruit with not much nuance or support from any supporting characters. Couldn't get around the over the top viscous quality even in the aroma. There was a sweetness that showed after even longer in the glass but it certainly wasn't a great wine. When you take the price into consideration, I could only imagine my bottle didn't perform as it should from variation, storage (doubt it) or maybe the winebid purchase (as with past) is risky for that reason. I have an '08 and '09, we'll see how they fair in a few years.

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