Nose shows eucalyptus, alcohol, plum. Nice coating of the palate with lush dark berries. Bright finish that polishes the palate and lingers for 15-20 seconds. Great on its own or paired with just about anything. Plenty of life ahead but nearing its window with minimal air time.
Can't believe I haven't popped one of these in nearly 3 years, and its been a year since anyone posted a CT note. Decanted and allowed to sit for an hour, followed over 3 hours. At 1hr there's heat and dark fruit on the nose; leather, pepper and flavored pipe tobacco as well. Profile is extraordinarily well-integrated - ripe black cherry and other dark fruits, smooth and refined yet with a mouthfeel that's neither lush nor silky. I'd venture this is within a year of hitting its peak, longer if a popnpour. Aging like a solid calicab, which makes it a classic Foley merlot.
Mpls Wine Club Napa Blind tasting with cabs, merlot and chard (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red-purple color. Decanted for 1.5hrs, drank 1 glass blind over 45 minutes. Nose is very fruit forward, big black fruits of cassis, blackberry liqueur, ripe, pepper with caramel and herbs emerging later. The palate is full bodied and concentrated, nicely textured, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, black pepper, and a moderate amount of heat. This did settle down over time; young, needs 2 years.
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