mulberry and toasty oak, this is a full-bodied, massive, rich, thick and unctuously textured wine with outstanding purity, richness and headiness. Of course, there’s always criticism that wines like this don’t age, but I own the 2000, and it is still an infant at 13 years of age, so I don’t think that’s an issue. This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should keep for 20-25 years at the minimum.
This tiny garagiste estate has produced a wine from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from what is considered the best parcel of the larger Fombrauge vineyard, where the harvest occurred in mid-October. There are only about 500-600 cases of it. It is clearly a modern, rather internationally styled wine, but it is impeccably well-made.
Lots of ripe fruit and new wood in this young wine. It's full-bodied, with super integrated tannins and a long finish. Very Californian in style yet remains fresh and clean at the finish like Bordeaux -- as always. Opulent. Better in 2018.
Very dark blackish crimson. Extremely opulent on the nose and then exaggerated on the palate. A bit drying on the end. Severe and over-extracted. It will always seem impressive but I suspect may never be delightful. Drying finish. Jancis Robinson
Inky in color, the wine is rich, intense, polished and lush, with layers of dark, ripe berries, licorice, espresso, smoke, flowers and dark chocolate. While everything about this wine is intense, it’s also balanced, expressive, with a long, fresh, supple textured finish.by Jeff Leve 2013
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