WS 92 (Top 100)
A blend of 85% Malbec, 8% Tannat and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Brilliantly dark with purple hues, this wine has intense aromas of black fruits, cloves, licorice, black pepper and allspice. Similar flavors follow, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cassis, vanilla and French oak. The wine is powerful, yet velvety on the palate, like a chocolate coating and has a very persistent finish. The richness of this Malbec-based wine allows it to be paired with both delicate and strongly flavored meats including beef, lamb, pork, venison, and duck as well as robust cheeses. This wine is drinkable now, and will age gracefully for 3 to 5 years.
"Very inviting, with crushed plum and boysenberry aromas followed by a very lush textured palate of warm figs and currant paste backed by mouthwatering hints of mesquite, mineral and Turkish coffee. Long finish really holds your interest. Drink now through 2011. 2,850 cases imported." Wine Spectator