This was purchased by me on release back when it was merely expensive.  Today, this is one of the top guns of the Kendal Jackson empire and the pricing has gotten prohibitive for the newer releases.  If trying this blind, a good guess might have been a 1999 Bordeaux, maybe Graves or maybe even 1998.  it was quite good and certainly just about at peak.  A 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Purple/ruby in color with just a hint of browning at the rim.  The nose has some brett but plenty of cassis, cherries and an earthy funk too.  On the palate, this is complex.  Layers of fruit (cherries and black cherries), with earth and tobacco.  Just the slightest remnants of tannins.  Nice finish.  Very tasty yet also contemplative.  It drinks fine on its own but is better with some food.  Stews or casseroles but a steak would be fine.  This should be drunk sooner than later but well stored bottles should have five to seven more years before slowly moving downhill.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
1999
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

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