JS 98 / Falstaff 96 pts
Wow. Such a complex nose, with a base of dried cherry, spruced up with hints of mild coffee and walnuts. Then there are dried flowers, wild herbs and spices, such as tarragon and cloves. Subtle hints of dried banana and apricot, too. The palate is full, super sleek, intense and well-balanced, with tight, spice-coated tannins that drive everything forward. Long, long finish. Lovely to taste now, but this already almost ten-year-old will sit comfortably in your cellar for a long while yet.
Bright, very intense ruby. Opens with slightly mineral notes, then pickled cherries and rich red berries, highlighted by fine blood orange in the background. Very precise in approach and progression, elegant cherry fruit, tight, dense tannins, opens up in many layers, fine and creamy, already easy to drink, very juicy, great potential for development.