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Community Tasting Notes (23) Avg Score: 95.3 points

  • Fabulous wine! Was not sure at first, the nose was complete alcohol and this clocks in at 14.7%. This wine turned out to be beautiful and easily the WOTN. Load of blackberries, raspberries and cassis. Surprisingly very fruit forward for an older wine. Most wines this age begin to show signs of tiring. Everyone commented on how fresh and wonderful this wine was for our holiday party. This is a great extracted style of winemaking that gives me hope for some of the fruit bombs of Napa will age gracefully. Very pleased with this wine.

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  • Vibrant Dark purple-violet color. Fragrant blackberry nose. Lovely mixture of blackberries and raspberries, black currant, and some black pepper. Cherries become more dominant as it opens up to the point that it almost resembles a really excellent burgundy.

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  • Dinner Party @ Home (Costa Brava, 11 Island Avenue, #412, Miami Beach,FL): The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Dust, and Lead Pencil. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Bright texture. The wine finishes Long.
    Very good, but did not outclass the 01 Togni.

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  • Extra alcohol heat makes wine less enjoyable. May be an off bottle ? or perhaps we ought to get more familiar with Parkerized wines. Not rated.

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  • At Mario and Maryanne's end of Summer wine party. Drank this after a Radio Coteau Savoy Pinot and before a Clio - good contrast in styles and all great wines.

    Opened and decanted about 90 minutes before leaving, poured back into the bottle. Was open about 2 1/2 hours before we drank which I think it needs to really unwind. Would not drink this wine without a healthy decant.

    Color was deep red/purple, not showing any age, edges red. Nose was rich dark fruits, cherry, currants, plum, graphite. Palate the same, with cassis, chocolate. Finish is fantastic, 30 seconds

    Not heavy but a rich and full wine, manages to be a big fruit forward wine with good structure. Classic To-Kalon...Drinking very well now, but still youthful. Will be interesting to see how this does over next decade

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Paul Hobbs Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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