Allowed to decant. Aromas present with medium-plus intensity. Scents creme de cassis, vanilla, cherry, cocoa powder, raspberry, fresh herbs including thyme and bay leaf, coffee and earth with aromas of cigar box, cedar, currant and a hint of pepper. The palate is complex and giving with favors cherry, sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla, cassis, herbs, chocolate, spice and leather with earth, coffee and toast. The palate is voluptuously textured, like suede across the mid-palate with dusty, grippy medium+ tannins on the front, balanced acidity and alcohol providing structure. The finish is long and lingers with intensity letting the tobacco, cassis, and cocoa play out.
Was the last of 7 CA Bordeaux blends we had and was the only sub $100 bottle and the youngest of the group. It certainly held its own to the other wines. From what I can recollect, it was drinking young with luscious dark fruit and a nice tannic structure that will let this wine evolve for many more years.
Wines over the 4th weekend- Bedrock, AO, Bevan; 7/3/2013-7/7/2013: I really liked this wine. Looking back at AG's reviews, I found this far more to my taste. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries and a dark chocolate powder quality that is very nice. A bit of cassis as well. Open and strong. My favorite part of the wine was its texture. It is very soft and smooth with no bite at all. We drank this on the patio without food, and it was delicious. Cherries, dark chocolate, depth with layers. Obviously young, but ready to drink now for pure enjoyment. Not sure where it goes over time (this was my only bottle). A bit pricey, but I would certainly consider buying again. Not a bruiser and not a "Bordeaux-silted" wine either. Unique.
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