Magenta colored, not quite opaque. Exceedingly focused and powerful pencil-scented nose, with some mixed dark fruits lurking in the background. Medium-bodied, though a bit thick for its restrained flavor profile. Strikingly little fruit on the palate. Not particularly tannic but a nudge sour. Persistent finish. I can't believe this is a New World wine--it tastes like a slightly more extracted version of a lower-classed Bordeaux, or a 2nd/3rd growth from a rather modest vintage.
Jesus, this is fabulous. Just about as delicious as Cabernet can be, and textbook, cassis and plum and cedar and herbs and loads and loads of graphite. So complex - I'm barely scratching the surface in describing whats going on with this wine. Medium bodied, but insanely concentrated. Remarkably fresh acid, with a fair bit of structure but quite drinkable alongside rich Passover food. Best young cab I've ever had. Worth every one of the (many) pennies this cost. Can't believe how good this is.
Apperently the feeling is the less overtly fruity than the Bugay (which to me was more Bay leaf). Now out of Riedel's Bordeaux glass (which I usually hate) -- very much bringing up the Savory SCM note with a marischino cherry core. I MUST wait on the rest, just to see where they go.
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