Not bad but I wasn't over-impressed. Tannic at first, which I expected, thankfully not too much oak, but there isn't the depth of fruit I had hoped for. Maybe it'll come out of its shell in another two years.
Loved the flavor, definately what I am looking for in a cab or merlot. Cherry, mint, cedar, asphalt... tastes great.... no off flavors such as metal, wood or vegetables but too darn astringent to be accesible.
Tested on a well-aired bottle, 3+ hrs. Rich alluring balanced nose of deep fruit, nutmeg-type spice, flowers. In the mouth rich ripe chewy and slightly smoky ripe fruit (black currant, blackberrry, dark berry) and stone with meaty and salty notes and hints of bitterness. Finish lingers of same in balance. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium or higher. Paired well with a chicken-wine-herb stew.
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