In 2000 the grapes for this wine struggled to get ripe. No problem in ‘01. Massive in blackberry, cherry, chocolate and oak flavors, with smooth but firm tannins, it's drinkable tonight, but possesses the balance to develop bottle complexity through 2010.
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