Decanted 1 hr. ahead. Pretty ruby with a bit of blue. Nice nose of cherries, cedar, and clove, and cranberry. Crisp and delicious on the palate, as spices lead over red fruits in a juicy and light-medium body. Finishes well, with another blast of spices, juicy fruit acids, and near-zero tannins. This wine is pretty exuberant right now, lively and delicious. It may improve with a couple of years in the bottle. This wine challenges the 100 point scale. Is it "outstanding" or "extraordinary"? No. Is it excellent? Yes, in a certain sort of ingratiating, delicious way.
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