Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of currants, boysenberry, black cherries and black berries. Flavors of black berries, plums and boysenberries. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Drink now with some air or perhaps over the 3-7+/- year range.
Wine and Cheese Pairing (Farpointe Cellar): Graphite and grilled meat greet the nose on the first whiff. Black fruit follows, with herbs de provence at the end. Upon entry, dark, spicy fruit fills the palate. The mid-palate has sweet tannins and pencil lead, and the finish was nice and meaty.
Aromatically very interesting with a big floral component, red and blue fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Great balance with tannins carrying the fruit to a nice long finish with juicy acid. Wine improves with decanting and time, as well as warming for a while out of the cellar and approaching room temperature. Very well done.
First night a little closed. Second night just exploded with wonderful red and blue fruit, but especially floral qualities. So well balanced. Maybe because equal parts Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon and Merlot. Tannins frame the fruit, and the acids give a pleasingly long finish. Loved this wine.
Who's the chump now? I got this bottle as a regifting of a coporate Christmas present from a "friend" who received it from one of their vendors. Turns out it is a damn fine wine, so turns out the joke is on you St. Pat. I agree with Greenblanket's assessment that this is an elegant, feminine wine. This is a great wine for anyone who enjoys the cab franc that has been coming out of WA state lately.