Excellent balance, not least in the nose. As is often the case in my book, the class of the wine reveals itself through the "smellabilty" - it can be sniffed all night.
There is a substantial but not sharp acidity. During the evening, the taste moved towards succulent sweet cherries, while blueberry, cassis, cocoa, Swedish punsch (although not sweet) and a little bit of rosehip dominated in the beginning. The aftertaste is rather long.
From what I have come to understand, but without knowing due to lack of experience, the fruity juiciness sets this wine aside from a typical Bordeaux, which would be leaner and not seldom reek of cigarr or old dampness.
This wine is a little too kind and round for my taste - Lytton Springs 2010 with its turbo acid and intense rosehip character is more of a conversation stopper and charmer - but it is certainly lovely. Furthermore, it is likely to get more interesting with time and perhaps some age markers will make it soar past many a good Bordeaux. (90+)
Finally a US-Cabernet that was worth trying - a flash of blueberry and cassis on the nose, a few swirls later there's some eucalyptus leave as well - gorgeous. Deep fruit, reflecting the nasal aromas, quite a long finish, gripping tannins still, but this is a serious cabernet blend. A great pirate for smaller chateaux tastings. Drink now until 2025
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