Allowed to breathe in the bottle for 3 hours. Classic Napa cabernet with lots of cassis on the nose with a little roasted cofee. On the palate there is a nice concentration of black and blue fruits. Well balanced with notes of cofee and cedar. I didn't pick up any heat at any stage. 25 second finish with smooth tannins. Very good effort which is in its' drinking window now and should remain there for several years.
Decanted. Dark in color and rich floral aromas. Cedar, dark fruits, black cherry, medium+ weight with a nice backbone but tanins don't scream through from overoaking the wine. Rich and definately a calicab, drinkable upon opening but approachable and showing great characteristics after2 hours in the decanter. This will mellow and soften further with a few more years of age, and should be good through 2016 at least. This is a great wine.
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