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(2009) The first of three wines from the Cellar Collection, this one with 16 years spent buried deep below Cricova. These wines are immediatelt intriguing, coming individually boxed, wrapped in a plastic sheath, but the bottles inside sealed with wax and still bearing the dust of the cellars. This unusual Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir blend has a fading but still bright ruby colour, and a very attractive nose, where the truffly, woodland fragrance of the Pinot dominates. On the palate the sweet earthiness continues, but there's a backing from the Cabernet, giving a juicy, black fruit edge that is savoury with herbal notes and touch of green olive. The tannins are resolved but still add spicy structure, and cedary old wood notes meld with good acidity in a wine of considerable length. .
(2009) At almost two decades old, this Cabernet smells like old claret, with a dusty earthiness, traces of woodsmoke and cedar from French oak and just a glimpse of quite elgant and ripe black fruit. On the palate this has wonderful life about it: it is medium-bodied and quite fresh and breezy in style, tha taut black fruit is linear and lean, but it doesn't taste tired or thin. It's a fresh style of wine, unencumbered with too much oak and allowing the naturally fine tannins and acidity to give support into a clean, fruity and spicy finish. Really enjoyable old wine this, and should have a good few years cellaring potential. .
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