Absolutely fabulous! Cork wet up to the half-way point. Beautiful lively deep purple. Bosque-y aromas. No decant or air time. Instant hit of ripe fruit, followed by a panoply of a thousand points of flavor. Nice level of acidity. Tannins present but never intruded. Silky texture. Oh, how I hope that remaining bottles deliver at this level.
Still deep garnet color. Interesting nose of spicy green pepper and blackberry sorbet. A bit of vanilla bean as well. Rich but not heavy palate - saturating and modern in profile. Very nice but could use a bit more flavor interest - a bit of a bruiser. (89)
Sourced from Premier Cru. Had high hopes for this bottle. Corked extracted easily, streaked up by 1/3. Surprisingly deep color. Shy aromas. Initial taste showed a thin and hollow flavor, dominated by tartness. Left the bottle open for around 2 hours, hoping that the wine would gain some weight with air. Alas, not to be. Drinkable, but fruitless.
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