Dark purple hues turning violet at the rim with a nose of ripe dark berries, rich Napa Valley earth, dark chocolate and rose petals. The palate is opulent, full-bodied, concentrated, with a velvety texture featuring dark cherry, mocha, tobacco, and vanilla notes. Finishes on smooth, silky tannins with hints of earth and spice. Drink now until 2024.
Much better than previously. Decanted (some solids to remove) and let rest for a while. The nose is more alcoholic than I prefer so it masks any fruit notes. Tastes of rich dark cherries and some oak. The bottle opened up a bit over the evening, but didn't change remarkably. We'll let our remaining bottle rest a few more years.
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