The color is ruby-garnet, opaque, with some purple hints at the rim, slight haze and dark, dense, opaque robe. The smells are crushed berries, stone, earth, coffee, floral notes, and currants. The tastes are cherry, espresso, raspberry, dark chocolate, jammy fruit, and some notes of wood. The tannins are formidable but do not detract from this delicious wine.
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.
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