restrained nose shows mix of red and black fruit and minerality. Palate shows wet stone, raspberry, red cherry, tea, and other herbal notes. Medium acidity goes well with food. Astringency on otherwise short finish is disappointing. Reasonable value and like the structure here.
PnP was too tight and tannic, so first glasses got a Vinturi treatment, which aided the in glass expressiveness and development. Still, pretty tightly wound with modest development only over next 4 hours, with dark red and black fruits, powdered red rock, fabric softener, walnuts, some peppercorn. More minerally than fruity to me on the palate, medium body, medium+ tannins. 88-89+
Hmmm. Structured on the end finishes off this velvet type wine, but with a healthy dose of coffee, graphite and minerals. acidity is minimal. also get some xmas fruit cake. this is quite good and will likely age a bit more, but can be enjoyed now and in near term.
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(Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo) Barrel sample - tar, tart black fruit, charcoal, light pepper nose; very tasty, poised, tart black fruit, tar, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92-94 points (will be a delicious value at $35; Bordeaux blend with Syrah)
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