Clear deep ruby. Clean nose of blackberry, dark cherry, subtle cedar and earth. Palate has med tannin and acidity but nicely balanced and integrated. Fruit on the palate is light and classically Bordeaux. This is not a California cab and as such the fruit is subtle.
The meme for this wine is "tight and light." It is as if you have a winemaker with Grand Cru ambition (lots of tannic structure) working on a budget with Cru Bourgeois grapes (relatively thin, austere fruit). For all its rave review from the wine press during the early barrel tastings, one would have been happier if this wine were sweeter, more up-front and accessible. As it is, I am prone to think the fruit (fading blackberry and black cherry) will disappear long before the tannins.
Slightly better than last year at this time. From 1/2 bottle. Still very young. Better after 1/2 decant. Nose was initially closed but gradually gave up some cedar, blackberry, raspberry fruit, and earth. Taste is just starting to get tertiary mature notes. Good fruits, some light oak, earthiness, moderate salinity and moderaate tannins. in a 750, i would say wait 3 more years.
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