Deep, dark, purple/red color. Not a real big nose, but what there is expresses classic Cabernet fruit, with a slight hint of rich earth and cedar. Velvety mouthfeel on the attack, with tannins beginning with a soft expression and exploding into a voluminous attack on the palate. Rich fruit powers through, highlighted by black plums & blackberries, a hint of ripe blueberries, and a mellowing touch of cassis. There is a long and lingering finish, emerging through coffee and cocoa, rounding out with the warmth of the barnyard. A sophisticated, yet subdued at this point, wine that will continue to evolve nicely for another 2 to 4 years. Still a bit your my at this point.
This is my first taste of the 2009 Persistence. Year after year, this wine is an excellent red blend (Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Syrah, and Petite Verdot). Dark, nearly opaque garnet. Nose of cedar, bell pepper, blackberry, and vanilla. Ripe, silky palate of blackberry, currant, and plum. Superb length. Pleasant acidity. Soft tannins. Integrated oak. Drinking well now.
Very tight nose with good dark fruit, more of the same on the palate, dark fruit underneath, dusty, earthy, rich and concentrated taste, nice medium finish. A new release. Probably better score with a year or two in the cellar.
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