Deep purple-black in color, it is marked by penetrating aromas of raspberries and cassis offset by floral, mineral and vinous notes. These impressions are repeated on the palate, which is powerful and concentrated yet precisely balanced with a subtle, ethereal weight and a texture of great refinement. The firm, ripe tannins persist in the long, elegant finish.
96 Points-The Wine Advocate “The saturated purple 2005 Cirsion emits complex aromas of spice box, incense, lavender, plum, and black cherry. Sweet, layered, and opulent, this powerful effort has enough structure to evolve for 10-15 years. Dense and super-concentrated, it has impeccable balance which should lead to a long life for this impressive wine. It will offer prime drinking from 2020 to 2045.”
92 Points-Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “Dark ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a sexy bouquet of ripe blackberry, kirsch, licorice, mocha and sandalwood. Plenty oaky but packed with fruit too, displaying a complex array of red and dark berry flavors accompanied by suave chocolate and dark toffee notes. Tannins are nicely absorbed, adding gentle support but not overpowering the ripe fruit. Picks up a floral pastille quality on the long, sappy finish.”
93 Points-The Wine Spectator “Alluring smoky, toasty oak notes frame plum and bitter chocolate flavors in this firm yet refined red. A bit dark and austere in character, but marries concentration and balance. 70 cases imported.”
96 Points-The Wine Enthusiast “Jammy, creamy and superripe, with raspberry, burnt toast and coffee on the thick, meaty nose. Flavors reminiscent of an ice cream sundae work the palate, which means berry syrup, chocolate sauce and vanilla are highly prominent. Texturally speaking, this is a smooth, soft and plush wine. It pushes the envelope on ripeness, but that’s become the Cirsion way. An awesome wine that deserves a proper decanting.”