89 Points

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - -- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a few hours --

NOSE: red fruited --- spiced cherry, with notes of eucalyptus and smoked pork; at times, it seems a bit charred/poopy; not as “pure” smelling as the 2008.

BODY: clear; garnet color of medium-light to medium depth; medium-light to medium bodied.

TASTE: cool black cherry and red currant fruit flavors, backed by hints of dried herbs and char (oak?); clean; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; good acidity, but not shrill; tannins are medium-fine and are moderately drying; not a waif, but not brutish either --- somewhere in-between; well-balanced; tasty now, but a bit rough around the edges; I’d like more concentration of fruit; will give benefit of the doubt and say this just needs more time to come together some; ’08 vintage of this bottling is better.

B: 50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = 89+

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