ITEM 7984026 - Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased upon release
...deep garnet-purple color and is a little closed to begin, opening slowly to reveal a core of crushed blackberries, warm cassis and cedar chest with nuances of menthol, unsmoked tobacco, Sichuan pepper, tilled soil and mossy bark. Full-bodied and rich, with tons of muscular fruit, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruits and earthy accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins and invigorating freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced.
...offers textbook black currant and tobacco notes, with more background graphite and earthy minerality developing with time in the glass. It shows the charming, elegant, seamless style of the vintage to a T, has full-bodied richness, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. Drink this brilliant wine any time over the coming 25-30 years. (January 2019)
...has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago... ...pure power and gravitas... ...Plush, dark and somewhat somber, the 2014 shows the clear effects of the drought in its inward personality. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least another few years in the cellar. (March 2018)