Year in and year out one of the most consistent wines in California (my last note not withstanding ;) A bit of camphor, some cigar box, bitter chocolate. The palate is delicious with a hint of mint, currants, and a hint of citrus. A bit clipped on the finish but otherwise great.
Initially upon opening it's a bid mid-light bodied but silky texture which is nice. Oak is fairly noticeable and the fruit is just barely keeping it in check. Nose is a bit muted but dark fruit, casis, cigar box and toast are noticeable. After 4 hours in the decanter the wine is in much better balance, great red and dark red fruits, minerals, salty blue stone, rhubarb and tar. Great fresh taste that I just love and didn't expect form a HSS. Nice wine. Tannins even after 4 hours in a decanter are pretty massive but tolerable, I would wait 4-5 years.
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