Deeply rich nose with a myriad of black currant, coffee and smoked meat notes. Of the 5 Bordeaux varieties, the Cabernet Franc adds lead pencil and mineral notes, with a hint of spicy oak sure to integrate with age. Full bodied and decadent palate, reminding one of Belgian chocolate fondant with blackberry coulee. Etched, weighty tannins finally coat suave, lush and pure fruit complexity. Exquisitely balanced and long, it will mature well for a decade or more.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
"A ripe, edgy Cabernet, with a savory note adding depth and texture to the core of plum sauce, red currant paste and lightly mulled fig fruit. The mouthwatering finish offers finely beaded acidity, showing ample grip. Should settle in with a touch of cellaring."
"Good full, bright red-ruby. Cassis and licorice aromas lifted by glossy new oak. Densely packed and juicy, with compelling sweetness to the intense flavors of dark berries, mocha and licorice. Really spreads out on the very long back end to saturate the palate, with the suave tannins reaching the front teeth. A beauty.
International Wine Cellar