P&p; best with an hour+ of air in the bottle. Smells like black and sour cherries, black tea, rooty earth, and spicy oak barrel; expressive. Similar on the palate. Surprising nectarine/peach note (thanks Nineteeneightytwo for pointing this out). Good acidity, and some salinity. The oak is overt, but fairly well integrated and enjoyable. Not super complex, but characterful, balanced, and tasty; drinking well.
Opened two hours then decanted for 1 hour. As a regional blend this was enjoyable. Didn't have the depth of single vineyard but at have the price of them a relative good value. Drink by 2018 is probably accurate.
Popped and poured which, after reading other notes, appears to be a mistake. Bright cherry and red raspberry fruit. A little thin in the mouth, with some not-quite-pleasant herbaceous notes and acidic finish. Did OK as a counter to some cheese ravioli, but would be careful abo Didntut matching to anything robust. Need to let my next bottle decant and try to get the better experience others have noted.
7/7/2014. Didn't read my own note and popped-and-poured again. Same mediocre result.
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