My last bottle of this wine and I was very pleased that it was able to duplicate my immediately prior bottle from Nov 2015. Again opened two hours ahead of time with solid blackfruit and mineral notes on the nose. Medium bodied and fully smooth and integrated with no rough edges. Blackfruit, plum and cassis up front with some brighter berry notes behind and earth, licorice and integrated spices on the finish. Tannins were very fine gained and lent backbone but were completely unobtrusive. Again showed as a medium bodied, fully integrated blend that was easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I didn't detect any fading yet, so my hope would be that this wine could stay at this peak level for at least another year. It will last beyond that, but I would drink these over the next year or so to capture this peak experience.
Consistent with previous notes: nice combo of sweet and savory, deep black fruit and soy sauce. Still seems mute on the palate. Could be that it needs more time, but considering the price point, probably not.
Really nice Cab/Syrah blend. Stood up to 3 days open, and was quite enjoyable across all 3 days. Day 1 was more primary: Blackberry and cassis fruit, oak, and acid, with slightly drying tannins. Day 2 was more of the same, with less tannic structure and acid. Day 3, the final glass, was very smooth, creamy and lush. Fruit just slightly turning to plum, acid and tannin integrated, just delicious. Drink now with air, through 2020+.
Second bottle opened about 2 years after the first. Could this still be a young wine? On opening, seemed unbalanced and slightly tannic. On second day the wine blossomed. Dark fruit (blackberries and plums) with anise and cocoa. Tannins softened nicely and resolved into a wonderful full-bodied wine. Some things take time.
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