Straight forward, very typical - but well balanced, the focus is still in the primary, dark fruit, there is an abundance of blackberry here, but the wine is not overdone, rather kept in line by more old world qualities, a distinct dryness in spite of the fruit and noticeable tannins. Great with rib eye.
Nice bottle, but nothing spectacular. Part of the problem may have been that it followed a bunch of Italian and French wines and therefore it didn't feel as elegant as an aged Phelps usually feels. Still was a bit fruit forward. It was great, just not spectacular.
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