90 Points

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - This continues to show great promise, but requires time to settle down. Clear, ruby red color, with deep, almost opaque, intensity. Black fruit, oak, tobacco, chocolate, some menthol, and alcohol on the nose. (It's a bit hot at 15.2%.) Palate is dry, low acid, noticeable youthful drying tannins, full body. Flavor characteristics are in balance with the nose, plus a bit of dried fruit and an extracted quality. Good length. I have high hopes for this, but for now, give it plenty of air.

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