The first pour featured a big nose of oak. The nose and palate were both comprised of muddled dark fruits and cedar spice with a choco-mint note emerging after a few hours. Tannins were fine and unobtrusive. Paired with pizza, though given the forward nature of the wine, likely would have worked sans food too. Needs a couple more years to integrate the oak.
This Bordeaux-style blend from JM Cellars is very good. Comprised of: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Carmenere. This is fruit forward (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate recommendation clearly noted on the label). But there is a nice balance to this fruit-forward wine with great acid and tannins. This should please many palates.
Nose is dark jammy fruit, violets, vanilla, cedar, and a hint of graphite. Flavors are dark jammy fruit, leather, some minerality, and a hint of vanilla and spice. This is a fairly full bodied wine that is quite fruit forward. A bit hot right out of the bottle, so let it breath for a bit. Strong tanins and a very lengthy finish.
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(JM Cellars Longevity Red Wine Columbia Valley) Abundant black fruit aromas along with bittersweet chocolate and earth. The palate is silky and textured with a firm backbone of tannins and a lingering, spice filled finish. 44% Cabernet Sauvignon (Stillwater Creek, Katherine Leone, Alder Ridge), 20% Merlot (Stillwater Creek), 14% Malbec (Stillwater Creek), 12% Cabernet Franc (Ciel du Cheval), 7% Petit Verdot (Stillwater Creek), and 3% Carmenère (Seven Hills). Aged 21 months in French oak (80% new). 14.3% alcohol. 643 cases produced.
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