14.1% alcohol. Black cherry color. Initially quite tight on the nose, but it opens up with vigorously swirling over time to reveal black cherry, blackberry, plum, and earth notes. In the mouth, also a bit tight, but showing deep blackberry and cherry fruit, tinged by the plum notes, and a strong spike of acidity. Earth and light spice show through on the finish, with a touch of vanilla. Another 2-3 years necessary at least. A-
Showing a bit riper and more fruit endowed than I tend to associate with wines from Hirsch vineyard, with little by way of the earthy, woodsy, herbal, and iron notes I often find from this site. The fruit profile is oriented towards the black cherry and dark berry end of the spectrum. Fuller bodied with good concentration and underlying power. Dinner at Heyday.
Ripe, deep, and a bit muscular and fruit driven/forward at this stage with aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, hard red candy, clove, and an earthy suggestion. Young, primary/unevolved and in need of more time. Recommendation to hold. Call it 91 points with additional upside potential.
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