Delicate notes of plum, black currant, tobacco and leather lead the nose of this wine into aromas of cassis and leather surrounded by hints of wet stone. An elegant and medium-bodied entry begins to tempt the palate with flavors of cola, cocoa and caramel. Fine grained tannins surround notes of black truffle and blueberries that continue throughout a long roasty finish.
Showy toasty oak dominates, but once past the smoke and vanilla, the green olive, plum and currant flavors are focused and well-balanced, with a long, persistent finish.
Wine Spectator - July 31, 2001
89-91 Points: Barrel Tasting