Dark rose petal red with a bit of violet at the edges. Deep, dark fruits with plenty of alcohol, a bit of pepper, and a little briar - very nice. Silky texture. A bit flat up front, with notes of boiled down red and black berry mix. This is followed by vanillin and raspberry sweetness before solid tannins come back in to guide you into a slightly woodsy red berry finish ( the woodsy part of which lasts quite a while). Medium bodied.
Opened and let slow-ox for about an hour before decanting for about another hour before drinking over the next 3 hours. I thought I'd try one now since the drinking window said to begin in 2015. No way will it be ready next year - this was showing nothing. Just a lot of oak with some earthiness. Some fruit was there, but completely muted.
Lunch with Chris and Joey; Non-Blind (Bin 75): From magnum; dark core with purple rim; nose has sexy new French oak vanillin along with fresh sweet berry, sauvage, black pepper, and an unmistakable density of nobility; palate was silky but showed power; though I know this will age really well I'm not sure whether I'd like this more than the way it drinks right now; 93+.
I love this wine, so elegant and supple in the mouth. Integrated black currant fruit and prune on the palate, spicy and rich when swirled, long finish, leaves the mouth a little dry but not overly so. A complex and rewarding drop now with great potential for years to come.
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