Monday, February 6, 2012 - This nose goes on forever... ripe, dark currants, cedar box, tobacco, menthol, graphite, and a hint of stems. Palate: Ripe, dense black currants, tar, licorice, and crushed gravel on the attack. Big, fleshy tannins coat the mouth on the mid-palate and give way to currants and plum sauce on the medium-long finish.
This wine is so big, so tannic, so structured, and so good right now but I would be lying if I said that things were seamless and integrated. Far from it actually. This wine is going to be so long lived and that much better when the tannins have integrated. If you have a few, then it's definitely worth popping the cork on one to check in on it but I would hold the others for at least another 7-8 years.