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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