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Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Item no. 109168
This wine possesses a superb deep color, followed by a nose of black cherries. The initial impressions are very rich and powerful. The tannins coat the inside of your mouth with a lasting impression. The oak is well integrated and elegant from start to finish. Will drink well after 7 years of aging.
The 2006 La Muse (86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec; 900 cases produced) displays the structure, austerity, and tannic framework of a top Bordeaux. Even though it is dominated by California-grown Merlot, it is not an up-front, forward, seductive effort. It exhibits notes of underbrush, earth, cedar, black cherries, and espresso roast in a medium to full-bodied, tannic, concentrated, extracted style. It requires 3-4 years of bottle age, and should evolve for 25+ years.
Lots going on in this mountain-grown wine. It's perfectly dry and strong in tannins, with and elusive quality of excellence that testifies to the best terroir. Showing blackberry, black cherry, mineral, and oak flavors, it should develop bottle complexity for at least the next decade.
Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black currant, black raspberry, coffee and graphite. Big, rich, minerally and classically dry, with a firm edge of acidity giving it uncommon spine for a wine with nearly 90% merlot. This exploded with minerality as it opened in the glass. Finishes rich, deep and long, with some new oak showing.