This opened up tannic and lacking fruit. I would have guessed cheap brunello. Over time it did improve, although it never made me think Napa cab. This paired very well with Piedmontese sirloin steak - seemed to add depth and fruit. After the meal, meh. I expect more from a Napa cab, even at the JJB closeout price. I don't see this improving much with age.
Nice reddish purple color. Very dark fruits on the nose, and also on the first taste. Blackberry, black currant and a little herb of some sort. Balanced tannins, and it feels more like a non-California cabernet in it's weight. It has a precision to it that makes you enjoy drinking this wine. It was even better about 45 minutes later with a filet that had some cracked black pepper. Very nice Monday night wine experience.
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