Deep garnet color leads to a somewhat closed nose of dark fruit with a hint of dark chocolate. The full body shows flavors of dark berry, currant, with hints of dark chocolate, bell pepper, and tobacco. The finish lasts 45 seconds. While certainly enjoyable now, I expect this will improve with additional bottle aging.
Splash decant and pour through Vinturi ... This has come a long way in a year. It's now lush and full, with plush opening notes and a firm tannic backbone that lends structure. A little hot on the nose, the palette is dense and chewy. Good acid, balances bright fruit. A classic bordeaux profile, and a nice balance between Old and New World styles.
I'm guessing this will continue to improve for at least the next five years. Had half a case, have now consumed two, and plan to hold the rest for 2015 and beyond.
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