This is really quite extraordinary. One of the greatest wines we have tasted. Deep purple/ruby. Not exactly the colour you would expect of a 14 year old wine! The nose was just incredible: as I was decanting it the intensity was noticeable. Black cherries, just a whiff of menthol, some vanilla form the very expressive and powerful bouquet. With time, the menthol component increases. The palate brings out black cherries and black currants delivered in a medium full body. Hints of cedar and earth add to the complexity. The balance here is as precise as can be which results in a mouthfeel that is wonderfully smooth. Tannins and acidity elongate the finish and balance perfectly the intensity of the fruit. It is quite astonishing to feel the sensations of power and smoothness simultaneously. The finish must be at least a minute long. This wine has everything. Still on the rise I would think and may even be better in another 5 years. Simply stunning.
(Available in BC through their distributor Vintage Corks www.vintagecorks.com; 2005, 2007 and 2009 also available)