Muted nose on opening, but it quickly opens up to reveal a classic Bordeaux blend with just the right amount of new world finesse. Fine grain tannins and round, lush dark plums, blackberries, and chocolate-covered coffee beans. My tasting partner also insisted it was aged in Hungarian oak if that means something to your tongue (although the winemaker's notes say French and American oak). It is drinking well now, but I'll hold my other bottle for awhile.
Starting to come into its peak window, but need to hold. Deep, huge, dark, with a smokey, cassis, ripe plum nose. Strong berry and plum mouth, nice balance - medium tannins, smoke & tobacco with some earth on the finish. Not as big as the 2008 but a heck of a wine.
Deep crimson, black core. Huge black fruity nose, cassis, plum jam and tobacco notes. Straight-up ripe fruits, very understated but elegant; somewhat lighter-bodied than prior vintages. Pair w/ pork loin.
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