This seems very young still, with some prominent french oak on the nose and palate and boisterous young fruit throughout. Very good depth and concentration. Unfortunately, this did not last very long with the crowd I was with so it didn't get a chance to evolve much with air. Still, I think this has the makeup to improve for years to come, maybe 5 or 10 years or more.
Starts to show well after about a 4 hour decant. More Merlot oriented at this point. Savory, herb flavors yield a subtle, complex wine. Tannins are sweet and tame. Probably can go a bit longer though I am not sure you'll see much improvement.
The nose shows dusty black fruits with some red fruit undertones. Entry is sweet and ripe, but soon after, the tannins clamp down hard and create a strong pucker in the mouth. More modern than I expected, this tastes to me like a Sonoma answer to less opulent vintages of Rivers-Marie cab. Needs time but a bargain at the $40 price tag; alas, I don't think Morgan makes this anymore. 91 with potential for upside as the tannins resolve.
Consumed over 2 days (vacuvined), note from day 2. Nose: Medium expressiveness, sweet tobacco, menthol, raspberry, and black cherry. Palate: Medium-full bodied, tobacco and pomegranate attack, spicy mid-palate presence, spice joins sweet red fruit through the back-end. Finish: Medium length finish with a powerful start that fades quickly but lingers for 30+ seconds.
My third of four bottles, others consumed in 2011 and 2012, and looking back this example doesn't quite measure up to the first two.
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