Good dark red. Expressive aromas of currant, licorice, mocha, leather, graphite and spices. Then slightly hard-edged in the mouth, with a peppery element to the dark fruit and spice fla vors. Finishes a tad pinched, with dusty, palate-saturating tannins. I’d give this a couple years in the bottle to harmonize.
Robert Parker 90
Showing better than it did from cask, this soft, generous, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2007 exhibits sweet black currant fruit intermixed with cedar, roasted herbs, and subtle smoke. Round, hedonistic, and already complex, this blend of 73.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26.5% Merlot should drink well for 12-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025
Sweet oaky spice and leafy cassis. Then chocolatey on the palate. Very smooth, though the underlying energy seems a little dampened by the oak at the moment. Still some grip on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018