Youthful dark garnet red with vibrant crimson hue. Big expressive nose along with rich cassis, vanilla oak, fresh tobacco and hints of minty notes. Nice complex nose at this young age. Decanted for 2 hours and it's still tight on the palate, good youthful palate,showing blackcurrant and tobacco, but not as complex as '94. Firm chewy tannins and long finish.
Well made, classic St Estephe. For me the fruit is lacking a bit to be a truly great wine and the wine is certainly comes across as quite bit rustic / tannic at this point. I am sure this will round out a bit with time - I think it is a good 3-5 years away from its perfect drinking window. 91 for now with potential for an additional point or two as it gains some more bottle age.
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