The 1999 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2002
A deep ruby-purple hue indicates the intensity and depth of this youthful wine. The lush nose of dark cherry, cassis, blueberry and smoke melds smoothly into the youthful palate. Dense dark cherry and berry fruit, cocoa and tobacco notes balance the substantial, fine-grained tannins for a sumptuously full-bodied wine. Can be enjoyed now with decanting or aged for 10 to 15 years.
Though powerful, this wine pairs well with food due to its fine tannins and classic balance. It will complement deeply flavored dishes like espresso-rubbed tenderloin or herbed lamb, but also has the grace and delicacy to accompany simple grilled pork or chicken. As it matures, try it with hard, aged cheeses to savor the intricate flavors revealed by bottle age.