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The higher sand content in this vineyard encourages a more supple, less structured wine and this extra finesse and fluidity allows it to make friends quickly. On the palate, there is exceptional energy here with complex aromatics lifting off one after the other. The intensity on the finish is initially a surprise after the breeziness of the attack but it suggests a wine of profundity and class as well as instant popularity.
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Good deep, bright red. Aromas of chocolatey oak, tobacco and mint. Big, round, solid and rich, but I wanted more energy and lift. Finishes with big but ripe tannins that will not get in the way of early enjoyment. Very 2009 in its creamy, easygoing texture but, as with many wines from this vintage, I don't sense a hidden dimension here.
89-92 Points, Stephen Tanzer
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