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89 Points

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Dark ruby all the way to a thin lavender meniscus. Big glass staining legs.

On the nose, chocolate, blackberry, plum, cherry, cedar, licorice and mossy forest floor.

On the palate, fresh fruit, medium but rough/angular tannins front and back, slight alcohol heat, black berries and cherries, nice acid.

Medium-long finish, with some nice charred charred oak becoming apparent.

With air the tannins became more chalky/powdery and wine started to show more balance

I must add that this has a classic Napa profile on the palate, with a hint of vanilla. This significantly exceeded my expectations, which were based on the label and the production volume.

I think this is going to be quite respectable as some age smooths out the tannins and it becomes more integrated.

Will try again in 3 years - looking forward to it actually

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