Really nice lift in the nose with raspberry framed by oak. On the palate, classic cabernet, red currant, moderate tannin, oak, vanilla and baked notes on exit. Time to go, can age some more as well. On the negative, the tannins seem just a bit too exuberant for the remaining fruit. I might keep this on a short leash, 2-4 years.
Clear, deep ruby. The nose is clean, with medium (+) aromas of blackberry and black currant, red plum, vanilla and mocha. The palate is dry, with medium acidity, medium (+) tannins and medium (+) alcohol (14.5%), all nicely integrated and well balanced. This is a full-bodied red which manages to maintain a certain elegance and finesse. Drinking well now and in its sweet spot, but not showing signs of advanced age. A nice bridging of styles between Bordeaux and Napa. This punches well above its price point. 6% Cabernet Franc.
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