Robert Parker 94
The 2009 Malleolus de Sanchomartin comes from vines between 75 and 85 years of age, matured in French new oak for 22 months. The aromatics are a tight fist of fruit at the moment: almost belligerently backward. The palate works better with lush, ripe cranberry, kirsch and raspberry fruit interlaced with tobacco, the decadent, rambunctious finish delivering a payload of sweet, sexy ripe fruit. Drink 2018-2030.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
(100% new French oak): Dark purple. Sexy black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by vanilla, incense and cola qualities. Fleshy cassis and blueberry preserve flavors are sharpened by tangy acidity and given depth by notes of licorice and bitter chocolate. Gains sweetness and depth with air, finishing on a sweet black raspberry note, with slow-building tannins. This wine is shockingly elegant for its level of concentration and power.