Dark red. Plum, lots of dark fruits. Very Merlot like smell, right bank. It really shows the carmenere is a relative of the merlot. But there are also some herbal notes that do not fit so much into the merlot area. Full bodied. Good mouthfeel. Intensive astringent aftertaste, lots of tannins. Will develop, maybe great in 2016. Only downside is the high alcohol that is noticeable.
Opened on a whim without proper aeration. A fair amount of reduction which resulted in some funk that needed time to blow off. Once gone, this turned out to be a nice bottle. Dark, thick & opaque in the glass. A masculine wine for sure, but didn't feel as heavy in the mouth as the inky glass coating juice would imply. Plentiful dark rich fruit that isn't over-ripe. Plus green pepper earth & leather. Tasted blind, I couldn't identify this. It was lacking the distinctive savory element that I use as its varietal marker.
I seem to like this wine a lot less than most folks who have commented/scored to date. Dark fruit with equal part green flavors. Like cab franc green squared (or cubed). Too much of that flavor for my taste. YMMV.
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