Hanging with dontime and pdhall (Sophia, Houston): Popped and poured. This is in its prime, deep rich nose of mocha, plums, tobacco, herbs. On the palate rich and full with black cherry, plum, dark chocolate, earth, leather, tobacco. Long finish with great grip. WOTN by a whisker over some pretty stiff competition.
13.5% alcohol. Third time we've had this and still showing beautifully. Excellent nose of herb-infused black fruit, with a delicate and compelling leafy tobacco note, as well as hints of chocolate. In the mouth, beautiful texture, just dancing across the palate with plenty of fruit and complexity. Lovely finish that isn't harsh at all, just pure and smooth. A-
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