Vinous 91 points - Ruby-red. Bright, high-pitched red and dark berries on the nose, with a complex array of floral and spice qualities gaining strength with air. Lively, focused and alluringly sweet, with deep but spirited raspberry and cherry flavors and a nervy mineral spine. The finish leaves spice and floral notes behind, along with a hint of rose pastille.
Wine Spectator 94 points - This shows some of the vintage’s raisinlike edge and slightly angular acidity, but the core of mulled damson plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco soon takes over, with more than enough flesh for balance. Then the mineral and shiso leaf notes chime in for added length and range. A fantastic effort that’s true to the character of the vintage. Drink now through 2011. 83 cases imported. JM
(Nov 15 2010)