Dark side of the moon in color, ultrarich and concentrated, with layers of currant, blackberry, wild berry, boysenberry and pretty, toasty vanilla bean—laced oak, ending with a strong, rich aftertaste and ripe, integrated tannins. Drink now through 2012 —James Laube
Rich and round with loads of ripe fruit and chocolate, vanilla character. Full-bodied, with ripe and round tannins and a long unctuous finish. Serious 2000. Best after 2008. 260 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling
Beautiful ripe, pure flavors of cherry and spice, lush in texture and backed by firm tannins. It starts out beguiling, shutting down on the finish, suggesting a few more years before approaching this red. Fine balance and harmony. Best from 2007 through 2 —Bruce Sanderson
Harmonious and fine. Starts out subtly, then builds in intensity, unraveling its lime, apple, hazelnut and spice notes gracefully. It's rich, elegant and beautifully balanced, ending with a seam of mineral. Classy, with a sense of terroir. Best fro —Bruce Sanderson
Kirsch aromas and flavors, with loads of mineral and animal intensity, this is a tightly wound, backward red. Chewy and concentrated, it needs time to resolve its tannins and show all its charms. A little rustic, yet impressive. Best from 2007 through 202 —Bruce Sanderson
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