Aromas of black cherries, blackberries, grilled meat and mocha. The palate matches with more cocoa than grilled meat. Medium tannins/acid. This took a 24 hour slow-o (going that route vs a full decant) to open up at this point. Young and shows potential but doesn't impress me at the moment.
A little leaner and more vibrant (acidic) than some other recent years. Better on night 2 as the oak (cluster?) integrated some. Smoke, toast, pepper, and violets on the palate. Palate was mostly crunchy purple fruit, pepper, some floral character. Toast and mocha finish, with the slightly angular acidity more prominent than the tannins. Needs some years to flesh out.
Youthful, full-bodied, blackberry/blueberry fruit with earthy and spicey flavors, excellent structure, tight, needs time to soften and open up, a little disappointing given my preference for Papa's Block
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