Dark purple in the glass. Fairly volatile nose suggests alcohol, but there is also a good amount of black berry/fruit aromas. On the tongue the berry fruit jumps out, suggesting a New World take on Cabernet. However, the fruit does not blow me away. As the wine passes farther back there are some herbal and spice notes. A hint of sweetness on the side of the tongue. Some tobacco at the very back of the palate. Quite full-bodied. Tame tannins and moderate acids suggest that additional age on this wine may be of no benefit.
Pnp. Great nose. Tobacco leaf, black currant, eucalyptus, a touch of new leather, and cherry. Palate: More tart than I was expecting. Tart cherry, some acidity, tart black cherry cola. Coats the mouth some, but a little thinner than expected. The mid-palate showed some minerality and a loss of flavor, followed by a medium finish. Less tart cherry and more of a black cherry cola in following days. Days 2 and 3 were better, smoother. Time and some air rounded the edges and softened it a bit. Mouth-filling. Still some leather and black currant, and nicely layered. A very nice wine, but must admit I was hoping for a bit more. For the $ I've had better and more memorable Cabs / wines in general. Day 1: 87 pts. Day 3: 89-90 pts. Overall: 88-89 pts.
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