Red-black in the glass. Gave 2 hours in decanter. Nose is black and inky with dark fruits, forest twigs and leaves, black licorice hints, soft funk, and minerals. The palate swirls with some sweet ripe black berry, and very subtle cocoa. It also has a slight tight tannin note that could still need time to blow off. Through the finish it loses it's rich velvety nature. Overall, it is a strong and interesting wine, which while missing a bit in elegance and harmony, is enjoyable. Worth revisiting on day two, just to see which way it develops, for better or worse.
Day 2: For better. Tannin edge trailed off some and the entire experience found more synergy and harmony. Still a bit more rough and edgy, but in all the right ways. For the remaining bottles, we'll open much earlier in the day.
14.8% alcohol. decanted, and i recommend that you do, too, as this is a very powerful little cab for the money. it's tannic and young and delicious. boldly structured, it maintains good balance despite some initial oakiness and somewhat drying finish. i am strangely drawn to it's profile. sweet tobacco and black currant dominate for me. it's rather one dimensional and lacks complexity, yet it's simple straight forward presentation is pleasing. jeez, this may actually be a value california cabernet. nice.
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