Big & Bold
This is absolutely ready right now. Saturated, mahogany-scented black raspberry and sweet cavendish tobacco nose with perfumed black cherry, red mulch, and bramble notes. Decadent, muscular extraction on the palate: cherry, black raspberry, incense-infused black plums, and acai berries followed by hints of dusty almonds, bourbon caramel, and bits of cinnamon. Massive and gorgeous. 97.
Rich & Creamy
This exudes an old-style, bakery-made cherry/redcurrant pie note that transitions into an extracted, glazed black raspberry donut profile in the mouth. Bits of mahogany, maple, and sandalwood trickle in to bring this "grandma's kitchen" feel into full focus. Despite all this, though, it's not overtly or recklessly candied (if wine could be a stereotypical "comfort food", this would be a good example). Rich and pretty. 92+.
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Big & Bold
Fantastic nose of black olive and a burnt balsamic reduction with prunes, charred black cherries, and hints of celery, graphite, and asparagus. Palate transitions into a fruitier wave of smoky cherry & black raspberry pie with touches of red salsa and subtle notes of baking spices. The palate is a touch candy-er and more jammy than the sensational 2007...but even though it's a bit less my taste because of it, that result probably makes it appealing to more drinkers. The '07 is still the better vintage, in my view, but this is pretty rock solid and wonderfully balanced. 92+.