Fairly fragrant with rose petals and tar to the fore supported by accent notes of green pepper, cardamom, moist tobacco, and a touch of mint. Medium full in the mouth and ruggedly structured. There's a lot of acid here and still tons of tannin, with a hint of wood tannin and some wood spice on the palate. Still the wine shows an innate if unrealized elegance with plummy dark fruit streaks through the midpalate and some wild cherry nuances that lead to a taut, very long, lightly mineral, tarry and tense finish. With air the nose adds a subtle layer of black currant jamminess. Slightly nebulous in the mouth and wanting some definition though thoroughly satisfying, youthful and classic but still lacking the excitement, the visceral grab and finesse of the more recent wines. Worth buying at the right price. Should enjoy another 15 years of life. 91pts
At first this is very leathery in the nose, then turning earthy with hints of violet and cherry skin/plum skin fruit on the palate. Light and zesty with some tiny little chewy tannins lending this light bodied, 12.5% alcohol bottle some weight. Super length. Just purity and vibrancy, and outrageous drinkability. So juicy and focused with a fine sheen of fruit that wraps around the lacy structure on the midpalate, and then gaining sweetness through the long finish where that tannins emerge lending a hint of austerity and astringency to the finale of bitter almond. Hard to give this a point score. It is after all a fairly simple wine, but expertly made and delivering so much sheer drinking pleasure. Let's call it 91pts and buy by the case.