Another top-notch effort, the 2008 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced from yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. It reached 14% natural alcohol, no doubt because of the extremely late harvest. A deep purple color is accompanied by massive notes of blackberries, incense, fruitcake, camphor and toasty oak intermixed with a crushed chalk-like minerality (a hallmark of this vineyard). The wine has softened considerably in bottle, and while it seems more structured than the 2010, it reveals a degree of accessibility. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
Lovely fruit with chocolate and berries and raspberries. Full and round fine silky and elegant. Very fresh and long. Beautiful. I like the freshness. Try it in four to five years.
This offers a palate full of fresh crushed berries, ripe tannins and a clean, fresh finish. Refined. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2009
Blackish purple. Meaty/savoury Marmite kind of nose. Very thick. It almost reminds me of the structure of a Ribera del Duero. Thick and dusty on the end. Very tough finish. Lots of sucky-stony quality.
Very dense combination of dark berry fruit and hints of bell peppers and cedar. Full, soft and velvety with powdery tannins; the tannins on this wine is tamed though slightly overextracted, with hints of violets and concentrated black fruits~tasted by Jeannie Cho Lee in 2009
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