The color is deep, dark red with a magenta hue. This wine is layered on the nose with aromas of black and red fruits (blackberries and blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries) and the floral scent of violets abound on its complex nose, with hints of spices and minerals. It is an elegant and rich wine with a succulent and muscular structure of round velvety tannins. Subtle French oak and toast flavors are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is delicate, yet very long.
It pairs well with steak, cassoulet, duck, venison and other hearty fare, including strong and sharp cheeses.
"This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish."
"Grapes picked at altitudes between 1,700m and 2,700m give a dense, plummy wine with hints of raspberry cream and damson. Mid-weight, it has a breezy freshness with red fruit coulis flavours on the finish."
"This opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, licorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavors of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is a fruity, balanced effort."
"Smooth and lush with intense, ripe fruit; rich plum, spice and cherry fruit with minerals and lovely structure; complex, supple and classic."
Earth & Spicy
This was very good but not quite as good as the 09, which is the only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of five. I should also note that I drank the 09 in March of 2013 and the 10 in December of 2013.