I was very excited to try this wine and it reminded me of some of my favorite Etude Cabs, Black Cherry, Tobacco, some dark cocoa and mineral. Initially, I was a bit disappointed as a few hours slow ox had no affect on the wine. I then moved to the decanter and like some of the older Etudes I've loved, this beauty slowly revealed herself. By hour 3 the mid palate and depth had really started to fill out and the last half glass was outstanding. The additional air also revealed firm yet silky tannins that completed the package.
To me this wine is pretty young right now and if you open I'd go with 3+ hours in the decanter. The pedigree is there on this one and it's a throwback visit to some of my favorite Cabs of the 90's and early 00's.
Dark red in color with an inviting nose of dark red spicy fruit and earth tones. Lots of energy and freshness on the palate it has darker red cherry and some plum notes with some spice and earthy tones I think from some of the whole cluster. It has medium weight and a nice mid palate with some lift on the finish with a bit of tannin and slight structure. This is delicious now and as good as any of my favorite appellation wines. Drink now with short decant or hold for 1 year for possible upside.
Expressive and exotic nose of black cherry, spice and pine it starts off light and airy with similar notes on the palate of dark red fruit, exotic spice and a touch of pine/forest floor. With air it gains power and depth and the tannins turn very fine and provide nice structure that carries it to a very long finish. The depth of flavor, complexity and finish are impressive. We followed the wine over 3 hours or so before and after dinner. Very young now and I think can actually improve in a few years. Drink now with decant or hold. Excellent !