Aldone - Terre del marchesato, Bolgheri, ToscanaThe 2008 Merlot Aldone is only made in the best vintages, and no more than seven barrels are ever produced. Take a deep breath because the enormous intensity of this wine cannot be exaggerated. Indeed, it-s almost too much of a good thing with chewy, rich layers of soft fruit, blackberry preserves, melted chocolate and exotic spice that vie for your attention with unsubtle intensity. Those layers of opulence need to be paired against a thick cut of New York sirloin steak. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.

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92 Parker Points