This rich wine opens with gently perfumed notes of cherry, rose petal, Asian spice, cola, smoke, and damp earth. The bouquet continues on the palate, medium bodied, round, silky and welcoming. It finishes with well-defined, chalky tannins, minerality and refreshing acidity. This wine is easy to enjoy now, but will improve over the next 2-4 years in the cellar. Pair it with salmon, grilled quail, or a wild mushroom risotto.
Laetitia’s best reserve ever. In a word, gorgeous. There’s a soft silkiness, a caressingly smooth mouthfeel that just seduces the palate into submission. Then the deliciousness sinks in, all red currants, cherries, mocha, licorice, pepper and smoke, set off with fine acidity and tannins. So compulsively drinkable, you can’t keep your hands off it.
Score: 95. —Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2008.