88 Points

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Dark black cherry/cranberry in color. Wonderful nose of floral plum/raspberry, dusty sweet cherry spice, beef, leather, coffee, white pepper, vanilla oak. Saturated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry/cranberry fruit. Big sweet spice, tart grapefruit tingle, dusty cedar tannin, beefy funk, leather, mint, sage, anise, vanilla oak. Still a big wine, well concentrated, floral, tannic....but integrated. Has more acid than I remember, somewhat sour...but holds it well. Should age even longer. Great wine! 93pts

On day 2...I am changing my score to 88pts. The sour acidity is just getting to me....and is taking away from the tasty meaty, and dark berry fruit. Way too sour and tart....hard to drink. 88pts though, cuz you drink it with food, and the acid subsides...but alone...it hurts.

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