Finally a cooler day and looking for something with a little zip to go with a steak salad: Deep, dark purple colored; very open , fragrant nose of classic Bord with plummy secondary fruit aromas wrapped in cedar, lead pencil, leather and tobacco. A cigar lover's dream. Very balanced and savory on the palate with soil-inflected mature Cab qualities oozing out on the fairly long finish. A very nice surprise!
Forest fruits, tobacco, then dark cherry and plum on the nose. A very silky mouthful of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, with a touch of mint. There's a refreshing crispness from the acidity which tightens the grip, giving the wine a sense of nobility lacking in so many 98s, for example. This is much better than it should be!
An excellent wine. Expressive of time and place (i.e., vintage and terroir). Fully mature now. A full, sweet-tobacco nose of pure, fresh fruit. The mid palate keeps this wine from entering the 90+ "outstanding" category; but the generous, smooth, round finish guarantees the "excellent" rating. Recommended. Easily as good as some '99s that are two-and-three times the price, which makes this a real value at $27/bottle.
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