85 Points

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - I normally do note rate wines with points ala Parker, but Ill make an exception for this one.

Dark red color, opaque, no rim, long legs. Nose of dark berries (blackberries, blue plums and sweet morello). Palate shows more blackberries and spices - in particular vanilla. Quite warm mouthfeel, but again the toasted oak dominates. Less barrel signature would add complexty. I guess this wine can age for decades, but is it worth the price? To my palate, its a no.

After 24 hours in an open decanter the worst of the oak flavors has receded giving room for some more complex flavors of sweet licorice, graphite and mint. It does make the wine better, but does`t really really excite me - I still find it plump and lacking elegance.

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