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Community Tasting Notes (13) Avg Score: 97.2 points

  • had this new years eve with family and it was AMAZING !! Lots of years left to go and smooth as velvet . drinking well right now or wait 20 + more years .

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  • On a night of riches, this was the wine of the night. This was slow oxed for several hours after a partial decant. A real stunner, this was surprisingly so drinkable and delicious. Big and bold, dark and ripe, chocolate and spice, this was powerful yet well defined and balanced. Sweet tannins and well integrated structure added a sense of freshness. A purity to the rich fruit and real sense of breed throughout. This was missing nothing, except a perhaps a few more years. Highly drinkable and surprisingly already delicious. Everyone wanted multiple pours of this beauty. Bravo!

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  • Bottle 3/3. Similar notes to last time. Red and orange fruit nose and chocolate and dark fruit palate with long smooth finish and some volcanic notes. Really well made and smooth wine but only marginally better than M Etain from the same vintage IMHO. 96-97

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  • Decanted immediately before dinner which helped experience more of the evolution. First two glasses were the best with bright red fruit (brambleberry), some cherry, cassis, citrus or grapefruit and the second morphed with less fruit and more spice, aniseed, licorice, violets, and a finish of flowers. Beautiful and complex if not in your face. By the 2hr+ mark the wine faded a bit which again suggests pop n pour is best. 97 lot’s of facets to this wine and at times tasted more like a Cabernet Franc with the floral element. California meets Pauillac (?).

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  • Poured a tasting gass, decanted remainder. On pop n pour the tasting glass exhibited a powerful bouquet of redcurrant and smoke, almost mistaken for a right bank style. Palate tight but bright red color and red fruit with high acidity. When we sat down nearly 1.5 hours later the colour had darkened, as had the nose and palate, very syrupy fruit with a beautifully balanced finish of red fruit, black fruit. The first glass was the best as the wine started closing up so it seems the best way to drink this is only a very short decant. 96-97

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