Very dark, rich and chocolaty—and pretty darn oaky, too. But oh, what size and prowess. The nose is pure hickory smoke, leather and black fruit, while the palate overflows with cassis, black plum and pepper. The mouthfeel is silky yet aggressive, with big tannins and pulsating acids. And the coffee and cacao on the finish go on and on.
Dark and dense from the get-go. Initial earth, black plum, tomato and smoke aromas air out nicely with a bit of time, exposing a complex connoisseur’s wine that is the perfect candidate for three to five years in the cellar. Now it has such a pure, chewy palate that once the overt oak wears off, it’ll be terrific.
Heavily oaked, resulting in a saucy, spicy nose. Full and tannic, with a grabby mouthfeel. But also masculine and forward, with black fruit, vanilla and coffee. If there’s a bug in the system, it’s that the finish seems tangy and monotone. So while it’s not the best effort from this top house, it’s still laudable for an ’02.
A bit woody and spicy, but our guess is that most folks will like that. It’s 80% Sangiovese and the rest is Cabernet and Merlot. The palate provides a good dose of plum, cherry and raspberry, while the finish is snappy and acid-driven. Fairly pure, with less oak in the mouth than on the nose.
Shows overpowering cedar and heavy toast aromatics and an even feel, but the impressions are more oak than fruit-derived. Still, black plum and sweet spice flavors are in there. Finishes with cocoa notes and chalky, broad tannins. This may merit a higher score in time.