Dark red/purple at the rim - fresh dark fruits on the nose. Medium to light bodied, pure aromatic dark fruits on the palate, slightly grainy but not obtrusive tannins. This wine is drinkable now, but will be better in a couple of years: very appealing and nicely balanced this is a wine that will give great pleasure. Good value.
Popped and poured. Smells nice with pungent berry fruits, some green leafy/bell pepper notes and a touch of earth. The palate is a bit disappointing after the promising nose. You think there is going to be some depth and more fruit but it is a bit lean, with darker fruit tones, fairly high acid, and light to medium but fine tannin. Some earth, and perhaps some graphite and mineral notes too. 15 minutes in and I am a bit indifferent but the wine is growing on me. Ann hates it and said I can have the rest of her glass. It's too lean in fruit and high in acid for her. I'll see how it does with some air and add more to the note later or tomorrow. On day two, this has put on just a little weight and gained a little texture. Silky and soft but with fairly high acid. It has lost the green notes and now shows some tar and bitter chocolate. I am still surprised at how much fruit there is on the nose. Lots of berries and it almost reminds me of a zin. On the palate though it is more like a barbera. Black fruits, low tannin and high acid. Will try again on day three. I didn't get back to this on day three but today, on day four, this is drinking surprisingly well. I rarely like a wine after it has been open a few days but this is an exception. I'm glad I didn't give up on this on the first day.
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