Too big and harsh on day 1 to enjoy. Two days later...much more supple. Baked cherry fruit aromas. Slightly sweetly stewed. Maybe some caramel? Pencil shavings. Woody, roasted veg and meat juices. Just a touch of a menthol lift. Palate delivers some fleshy sweet yet savory fruit. Very merlot. Some peppery heat in the mid palate, but not overpowering. Juicy through the finish. Leaves cherry and strawberry vanilla flavors. Very pleasant.
Continues to drink well - dark red color & throwing a light sediment. Red currants, black cherry, dill & menthol on nose. On palate, medium body with cassis, black cherry, dried cherry with medium+ acidity on medium+ finish. Really enjoyed this - has improved since my last note in 7/2013. 91-92 range. 92 if had to give a number. Rebuy.
I let this decant for a couple of hours...Ruby red with aromas of cherries and dark fruit. It was integrated, balanced, smooth and dry with cherry cola flavors and some minerality. This was surprisingly better than my previous bottles and had full Bordeaux complexities developed. It is drinking very well and decanting is a must to allow it to open up and not be so thin.
Enjoyable though less than extraordinary. Medium across the board with its reddish fruit, body, weight and other attributes -- though an impressive level of acidity. A decent everyday red, purchased for a fair $15 tariff.
Crowdpleasing decent enough red at a July 4th grill out. Several glasses into the proceedings this wine delivered exactly what was needed. Plenty of ripe fruit and a dollop of sweet vanilla. Slipped down effortlessly.
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