Bright, deep red. Classic aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, minerals and lead pencil. Then juicy and penetrating, with cabernet-dominated berry and mineral flavors (there’s a very low 8% merlot in the blend). Finishes with very firm, youthfully tough tannins that will require a good decade of patience. Quite tight today and difficult to assess. "We had a gorgeous September, but it came too late for the merlot," said Pontallier.
Crimson with a slightly pale rim. Buckwheat nose. Quite skinny and with marked acidity. This wine initially had a note that was almost green and underripe. Not that long. But it opened out a little in the glass and was the most improved wine after 24 hours in the decanter. It became a little more voluptuous and might have earned a score of 17.5.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024