If tasted blind I would be more likely to assume Pichon Baron or other Pauillac than a Washington Cabernet. It opens with sweet, pure cassis, but as it airs there is so much smokey, leafy underbrush. Amazing minerality on the still well structured palate. The wine is definitely drying out and is perhaps a little astringent on the finish, but overall it still shows truly lovely vigor and exceptional balance.
Wow, this wine continues to deliver. Upon first opening this was exploding with leathery, bretty old world notes that quickly blew off to reveal a nose of pure cassis, mineral and cranberry. On the palate this explodes with fruit, much larger and sweeter than I recall. This continues to gain weight and fruit each time I taste it. With aeration this settles down and takes on a cool, dark, brooding personality of a big, young, pure Cabernet. If there is a criticism it is that the structure is showing in volumes now with a slight grittiness on the powerful finish. This is a young one and really needs a lot more time than I realized to settle down.
This was my first experience with Ross Andrew and it was my wine of the night. It had a great nose, lots of oak (I guess French) with cola and more cola. It is still very tannic with a finish that lasted 25 seconds (yes I was counting.) I guessed this was the Quilceda due to the tannins and the long finish.
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