PnP, sampled, decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking. Definitely improved with decant! Somewhat different from the 2009. This had more structure & malbec character. I preferred the 2009. Very aromatic -- draws you in (although the taste is a step down from this lure!) Luscious, full bodied merlot, juicy!, dried fruit, spice, tar, earth, bramble, with robust mouthfeel. Firm yet somewhat silky tannins.
Decanted 2+ hours and served with beef stew & polenta main dish. Drinking very well now. On the nose, powerful fruit (more dark than red, currants) with an earthy undertone. Similar on the palate, with a wow factor, with its structure and medium-full body. Good value for a higher-end merlot and even relative to what else $60 could get you in Ohio.
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