The color is dark ruby with plenty of purple highlights. The nose is very extroverted and shows no intention of shutting down. At present the wine reveals pure blue and black fruits, (primarily black cherries, raspberries, and a hint of blackberries) along with tell-tale beet root, earth and herb notes. In the mouth the wine is rich and full bodied, yet displays a lighter, more delicate finish.
It is somewhat of a paradox that such an intense wine could also be light on its feet, but that is the style of this vintage. Beaux Freres believe that this season's unique growing conditions leading up to harvest gave them the ideal grapes to produce a wine with impeccable balance in acidity, alcohol, tannin, and depth of fruit.
This wine should be relatively approachable in its youth, but because of its balance evolve for 10-12 more years.
"Firm in texture at first, but then blossoms into a panorama of flavors, fanning out its raspberry cream flavors and hinting at floral, mineral, green tea and Asian spice notes as the finish picks up steam. Not a big wine, but has many layers to explore."
"Deep red. Pungent red and dark berry aromas are complicated by black cardamom, cinnamon, cola and mocha. Fleshy cassis and black raspberry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and given a serious mien by hints of dried flowers and graphite. Some unabsorbed CO2 dissipated with aeration. Finishes gently spicy but with impressive energy and focus.
International Wine Cellar