Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - On initial pop and pour, I was not very excited by this; both the nose and palate were muted, although it was stunning in the glass. Re-corked and put it back in the cellar, planning on revisiting the next night. Due to events beyond my control, it was three days before I got back to this bottle, and my hopes were not high. Lo and behold, a little time with some air was exactly what this needed!
Blackberry, cassis, mocha, raspberry, hints of smoked meat... oh, this had it going on. Many cab/syrah blends have trouble finding the right balance and all of the wrong elements of each end up poking out around the edges. Not the case here. Well balanced, silky smooth on the palate, not heavy. Excellent.