I prefer this better than the 2008 vintage. Typical of the '09 vintage... Densely packed with rich black fruit, but laced with mineral, forest floor, cedar, and a new world chocolate / espresso finish. A great blend of the old and new world. Will be much better 10 years from now.
Overall a good pace of development so far. A very earthy base in the nose. Also has leather and tobacco.
Unlike the 2006 (which I find quite tannic) the tannins are polished and fine grained, and more consistent with the 2008. The wine is a bit restrained in the mouth now with primary notes of tobacco, cassis, iron, and lighter notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.
There is a decent finish on this. Right now this is down the fairway but has not yet developed the complexity I desire. As a result this is good but does not merit a higher score yet.
This seems unlikely to go beyond 12-15 years and probably will be best enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.
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