Upon first opening the nose was entirely restrained. Decanting 1 hour helped a lot. Deep ruby, almost black in color. Blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate. Full bodied, not overly extracted, lots of oak. Not overly complex, but nicely put together with well integrated acid and tannin. A little heat from the alcohol on the finish, but not a turn off.
Dark opaque garnet. Smells very odd...starts off with dried figs or dates, cranberry, oak, alcohol and spice. Seems out of balance to me. In fairness I did not decant this and it may have needed it. The flavors seem very mixed up and muddied. Heavy oak and vanilla on the palate with a strange mix of dried dark and tart fruits. Seems even higher than the listed 14.5% ABV. Very modern styled.
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