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Friday, June 27, 2014 - Absolutely beautiful wine. I decanted it for 1 1/2 hours then poured it back in the bottle for an additional 2 1/2 hours before pouring it into glasses. The nose was incredible with rich cassis, floral and spice notes. I could not resist taking deep sniffs before every sip. The palate had the expected huge fruit, cassis, plum, blackberries and a hint of chocolate but it was balanced with elegance by the dusty tannins, moderate acidity and enticing mineral notes. This is not an overpowering wine at all, but a wine layered with flavors that gives the feel of sophisticated elegance. The finish went on for minutes and beautifully complemented the steak. It has years of life left before hitting its peak but a good long decanting opens it up very nicely. Another winner from Shafer.

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