Took to a Persian dinner at neighbors. Wasn't sure what to expect here but this was really good. Raves from most of table. Yes its got a touch of green pepper and a minty profile but I liked this. It also had an interesting blueberry component shining through. Very Bordeaux like overall. Far from the typical Napa fruit bomb but very interesting if you are into this style. I'm going on the high side with a 92. Also I think this is ready to drink, can certainly go longer but I wasn't getting the harsh tannins mentioned by some.
Decanted for 2 hours. Vanilla, oak with herbal green streak and eucalyptus on the nose. Wine improved through the evening with more time out of the bottle. Tannins evident on the palate. Should smooth out over the next couple of years.
This bottle was taken to a restaurant, where it was essentially popped and poured. Although the light was dim, there was no mistaking that this wine is deep-to-opaque ruby in color. Black currants, anise, mint and eucalyptus characterize the nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, fresh and has nicely integrated alcohol (despite being listed as 14.9%). The flavors mirror the nose and are guarded by substantial gritty tannins. The middle palate is solid and the finish, while lengthy, shows some tannic grip. This wine is simply not yet ready. Time in the cellar should smooth out the tannins and also give the wine some complexity. That said, I am somewhat concerned about the strong herbal element, an "issue" which will not resolve with cellaring. Drink now-2022.
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