The Wine Advocate
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The Pict - Steven Tanzer (IWC)
100% mataro. Dark purple. Wild, deeply pitched dark berry liqueur, olive, violet oil, licorice and Indian spices on the intensely perfumed nose. Lush and expansive, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors with suggestions of bitter chocolate and black cardamom. Really stains the palate, finishing with superb clarity, thrust and length. Dusty tannins make a late appearance but the fruit is more than up to it.
Raised in all new French oak. Opaque ruby with a bright rim. Deep, youthfully brooding nose gains liveliness with aeration, displaying scents of blueberry, dark cherry, cola, smoky Indian spices and a building floral quality. Weighty but surprisingly lithe, with sweet dark fruit flavors and a sexy note of candied violet. A smoky note appears on the back half and carries through the long, sweet, penetrating finish. Definitely stash this one away in the cellar. These vines were planted in 1927.
100% Mataro. Glass-staining ruby. Powerful scents of blackcurrant, dark cherry, olive tapenade and incense, with a musky herbal undertone. Broad, palate-staining dark berry compote flavors are framed by velvety tannins and pick up notes of licorice and bitter chocolate with air. Pretty wild stuff, boasting excellent concentration and finishing sweetness. There are plenty of tannins here but the fruit seems to suck them up. Give this another four or five years in the cellar.
100% Mataro. Opaque purple. Pungent bouquet of ripe cherry, cassis and plum, with anise and musky floral qualities adding complexity. Broad, concentrated dark fruit flavors are complemented by smoked meat and black cardamom, with chunky tannins gaining strength with air. Sweet and impressively focused on the finish, where the fruit sucks up the tannins and carries on impressively. Plenty of structure here, but the fruit appears even stronger.
Inky purple. Explosively perfumed nose features potent boysenberry, blueberry and lavender aromas deepened by licorice, espresso and musky underbrush. Broad, juicy dark berry flavors display impressive depth and sweetness, with gentle, harmonious tannins lending support. Remarkably balanced, pure and luscious, with outstanding persistence on the silky finish. This is one suave wine.