When we first opened this it was very closed down, flat and uninspired so I put a cork in it and let it sit a few days. Definitely benefitted from the air time as it came out with some rip dark fruit layered with a touch of chocolate, fine grained tannins and a medium amount of acidity.
PnP. This is drinking better than ever, but still so young. On the nose this is dark. Plums, cloves, black tea, raspberry and honeysuckle come forward and you can sense a touch of heat that seems to dissipate with more air. With a taste I get black tea, figs, vanilla, and blackberry. The touch of oak comes through on the finish along with just slightly drying tannins. It's barely into it's drinkable phase and quite good now, but clearly has the stuffing to age for several years.
Decanted. Clear, full ruby color. Clamped down on the nose- some cassis fruit, clove and tea showing with some heat. Dry on the palate, with low to medium acid, big tannins, high alcohol and full body. Concentrated blackberry and additional oak spice- vanilla and cinnamon. Backwards, tight, not showing much complexity. Fleshy throughout the palate, finishing with medium length and some heat. I'd suggest holding, although I didn't sense a great deal of complexity for it to develop.
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