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92 Points

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - A clear dark ruby in the glass, the nose barely extends above the rim. Initially, the nose is quite tight and restrained, yielding only garrigue, mineral, and what comes across as a dusty dryness. Over time, the wine opens, and while the garrigue remains front and center, a dark raspberry begins to show up amongst the mineral notes and I begin to detect the raw meat that others have alluded to. Over more time, the raspberry notes take center stage, hint at sweetness, and the garrigue disperses into some separate herbs, with the scent of fresh tarragon at the last. On the palate, the medium body feels lean and taut, the acid, fine grained tannins, and oak influence all blending nicely. Initially, it tasted all of minerally earth and herbs, with only a hint of fruit. Over time, the palate evolved with the nose to reveal black raspberry tartness, tea leaves, and just a touch of minerally funk that I keep wanting another chance to identify. All in all, the wine comes across as both young, elegant, and restrained, as well as suggesting the gaminess of a barnyard brawler. A beguiling combination that has me looking forward to checking in again after a couple of years have elapsed. Who knows who we'll meet then? 91/92+, likely to get much better.

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