Decanted for two plus hours prior to enjoying with a medium rare char-grilled ribeye steak. Impressive from the aromas in the decanter: black currant, blackberry liqueur, cherry compote, blueberry cobbler, and toasty vanilla . Full bodied, good concentration. Very powerful wine displaying a very evident tannic backbone, transitional oak, and noticeable acidity, but also starting to show signs of integration and balance. Still in its mostly primary phase, but should also have long life ahead. Big finish. More than enough power to stand up to a big piece of red meat. Hold for another 1-2 years, but decant if you can't wait.
Really nice nose but the flavor profile was a little lacking, especially considering the 50 price tag. Have had better wines in that range, but everyone liked it so that was a plus. I have hope that the other bottles will fill out with more time in the cellar.
I am reluctant to take advantage of the misfortunes of others, though not so reluctant that I did not bite on this Wine Access offer. As I understand it, Mr. Winter passed away unexpectedly and the stock was being sold off. Probably yet way too youthful but I was curious to try: in short, not disappointed at all.
The color is incredibly densely inky dark purplish black, nose is fragrant, intense yet brooding; massive concentration of berries on the palate that lasts a long time, moderate but not acerbic tannins. Okay not many dimensions but plenty of it to savor.
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