Robert Parker 99
Pale brick colour. Incredible nose providing an amazing array of youthful primary fruit aromas mixed with evolved complexity. Notes of plum pudding, liquored cherries, dried plums, preserved walnuts, mocha, Chinese five spice and a dollop of spirity/estery headiness. The palate is incredibly fat and rich yet perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity and velvety tannins. Very spicy and very, very long in the finish. Drink now to 2018+? Tasted January 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018
Medium red. Ineffable perfume of strawberry, mocha, coffee and burnished wood and Cuban cigar tobacco tones, lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully thick, even viscous, but with terrific acid cut accentuating the wine’s inner-mouth aromatic character. The combination of layered texture and energy is captivating. Finishes with great subtle persistence, late-arriving tannins and a mounting smoky quality. Fabulous now but this is still evolving and should go on for another few decades.