Jasper Morris – 94
Fine pure colour, younger than the 2007. The usual generous burst of deep red fruit, middleweight in 2006, good acidity, some structure. There is maybe a hint of slightly torrefied wood, though otherwise this displays one of the best noses of the tasting. Beautifully plump fruit on the palate.
Vinous – 92
Good red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, violet and bitter chocolate. Very rich and sweet but less open in the mouth than on the nose, with a strong dark chocolate flavor dominating today. Finishes supple and aromatic, with ripe tannins and smoky richness. Bachelet finds this much more accessible than the 2005 at the same stage.
Burghound – 91-94
Despite being harvested first, this is clearly the ripest wine in the range where the wonderfully dense fruit is highlighted by a background touch of wood that continues onto the refined, pure and concentrated flavors that are supported by dense but fine tannins and flat out terrific length. This is a lovely wine in every respect and while not exactly understated, everything does seem to be in perfect proportion.