Nose is rich and developed, with soil, mushroom, hints of game, underlying plum and dark cherry fruit. Full bodied on the palate, spicy, earthy, gamey dark berry fruit, the tannins are reasonably ripe if still a touch chewy but the acidity is muted and leaves the medium/good length finish a touch flat. Not bad for the year however.
Medium ruby color. Nose of cherries, earth, some spice. Palate of red cherries, earth, spice, some oak. Nice tannic structure to balance. Well made with good structure given the hot vintage. Drank with a Kistler and was the more balanced of the two.
Bright medium ruby, bright pale ruby rim. Ripe, if slightly roasted fruit, raspberries and plums, vanilla, hint of spice. Vibrant and lively. Medium/full bodied on the palate, plum and cherry fruit is rich if perhaps slightly over-ripe but there is good structural balance with ripe, fleshy tannins and surprisingly fresh acidity. This has good depth and length too, is an attractive drink now and may improve as it settles down. Certainly seems to have the depth and structure to age. Next bottle in a couple of years. 87+.
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