Very pleasant steak wine with a client in Philly. Immediately accessible, but restrained. I could detect crisp cherries, smooth tannins, and a perceptible oak note that intensified as the night progressed. The oakiness definitely became increasingly pronounced over the 2h dinner. Cerebral and structured, but my senses were by no means overwhelmed. Understated.
Bright violet/beet appearance. Dusty, nose of black and blue fruit, cocoa, cedar, spice box, and a touch of cola. The palate is initially tight, youthful, and chewy, but an hour of air allows the rich, textured, layers of black currants, cherries, plums, and dark chocolate to come to the fore. Shows good extraction, balance, structure, and a buoyant minerality that pushes through the bright finish. Has yet to hit its stride but already delicious.
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