Ex aequo with the L'Ermita '94, this magnum nr. 104, showed a perfect balance, with a very juicy taste. In the nose very classic bordeaux style and as the L'Ermita, a complex backbone. This very refined wine fills your mouth without being agressive and the aftertaste is very long; nearly too young.
Ripple and Ridonculous Wines (Ripple - Cleveland Park - Washington, DC): Napa-esque nose. Bold and bruising on the palate, a bit too toasty and oaky, but interesting spice, pepper and tobacco underneath. Just a bit too tough to contemplate at the moment. Not nearly as accessible as the other wines, so I moved on, probably deserves more time and attention
Il Caberlot vertical – during WWS 2012 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Rounder and warmer overall expression compare to the 07. Red and black fruits, crushed blackberries, exotic spices, lead pencil, lavender, violet, limestone and earth. Excellent concentration, chewy yet round and silky palate and excellent length. Most opulent and fruit forward amongst the vertical. Need at least five more years and will last for long time.
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(Podere Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot) From magnum - opaque purple red violet color; appealing, tart roasted plum, black pepper, tart currant, black truffle, light lavender nose; maturing, silky textured, black pepper, tar, very tart black plum, tart black currant, mineral, liquid pepper palate, like a delicious top Cornas; approachable now and should go 20-plus years; medium-plus finish 94+ points
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