Monday, January 25, 2010 - One hour decant. First impression seemed like a Cali fruit-bomb. Throughout the night it settled down and showed more nuance and depth. Much better on night two.
Color was a good, rich, dark maroon. Legs were thick and slow. Nose was strong and clean: mostly earth and cedar with little cassis in the background. As stated above, this bottle didn't really hit it's stride until the second night. Once the fruity pebbles faded on the palate, there was good tannic backbone accompanied with enough acid to give some interest and pop. The finish was sufficently long with decent complexity. It was a great bottle, but lacked that extra dimension to push it into the 90+ catagory.