Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 90 points

  • Down to the last few bottles of a case acquired upon release in the late nineties. Consistent with earlier tasting notes taking into account the evolution of this aging wine. Starting to show its age a bit as the dark garnet color starts to take on a slight brownish rust hew and the fruit is starting to fall off a bit and give way to the smoke and leather nose and flavor. Still firm and tight with the smoky leather predominating over the dark berry and black cherry fruit, with forward pronounced cedar and a hint of cassis on a full fragrant firm tannin lingering finish with a bit of tight high alcohol heat. Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot tastes true to form like a lower left bank Bordeaux!

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  • Firm, structured, black raspberry, black cherry and currant on a balanced, finely integrated tannin finish. More fruit and lacking leather and earth of previous tastings.

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  • Opened to ripe plum, cherry and cassis for the nose with some hints of cedar and black pepper. Nice velvety full mouth feel with a decent fruit and spice balance. Tannins are subdued but forward of the fruit on the palate. The wine has a pleasing yet simple dry finish which paired nicely with New Zealand lamb. I wish this wasn't the only bottle, as it was thoroughly enjoyable.

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