Not a bad wine at all. I remember tasting this one for the first time about 6 months ago after release and not liking it to the point that I didn't even want to review it. Well, this time is different, and I think that this one is coming into its element this year for sure. Cork popped with a candy apple red glycerine wet cork. The nose out of the bottle was a little strange at first - almost like....candied red apples with some acidity but was probably more like black cherry. I definitely let this one sit for about 30 minutes in the bottle before touching it again at that point. When I revisited, it was all about the dark black fruits -- nose was very strong and gave me two things: blackberry and licorice. The wine poured a very dark red with a significant froth. After the swirl, the nose took on a really nice blackberry and almost had an earthy minerality sting. On the palate was cassis and graphite, settling in the middle with more graphite, light smoke, some black pepper, blackberry backbone, but a caramel coffee sweetness started to creep in. The finish is moderately tannic with some expressive oak, but has quite a bit of pepper in the finish which makes this one linger 10-15 seconds. Very nicely done, very well balanced and layered. I think the last bottle will hold another 3-4 years with proper cellaring.
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(White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Laureate) Very dark ruby color; tart black currant, ripe black fruit, tart blackberry nose; tasty, fresh, tart blackberry, black currant, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish