This multi-tiered wine boasts layers of complexity that evolve as the wine slowly decants. An initial burst of black licorice drizzled on a blueberry pie is accented by intensely perfumed posies. A second, deeper layer combines a kirsch component with sandalwood, nutmeg, and candied citrus notes. Such heady aromatics segue into rich and harmonious flavors of dark ripe cherry, cassis, and chocolate cordial framed by classically structured acidity and focused tannin. A svelte yet dense extract creates a finishing richness which declares that this is a wine for the ages.
Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
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"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry (925 cases of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot) is the richest of these wines. Superbly deep ruby/purple-colored with notes of blackberry, cassis, licorice, subtle smoke, and incense, this opulent wine has a plush palate, silky tannins, impressive purity, stature, and length. However, the tannins are there and the wine still tastes primary despite its enormous potential. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep red-ruby. Deep aromas of currant, mulberry, tobacco, earth and musky game; the least obviously oaky of these wines. Suave on entry, then silky and fine-grained, with a restrained sweetness but considerable early appeal to the seamless berry and soil flavors. Finishes broad, with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent persistence. As good a wine as I've tasted to date from this producer."
International Wine Cellar
"Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is elegant and stylish, with savory herb, currant and blackberry fruit that's intense, concentrated, focused and persistent. Needs time."