A big, sweet, ripe nose of raspberry jam interwoven with white flowers, blueberries, kirsch and some subtle oak and camphor is followed by an intensely concentrated yet silky textured, full-bodied, opaque purple wine that should drink well for 10-15 years, possibly longer. This is one of the sleepers of the vintage.
This 30-acre vineyard has been doing some marvelous work over the last decade, and the Dutch owners had the foresight to bring in the most fashionable winemaking consultant of the moment, Stephane Derenoncourt. This blend of 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec hit 14.5% natural alcohol and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Yields were a meager 20 hectoliters per hectare.