This is good. The nose is silky and plush with sweet blue fruit, spice, vanilla, violets. Delicious on the palate: deep, plummy fruit, some oak, vanilla, violets, spices. Rich. Just a touch of heat. Plum and spice finish. This isn't too big and the velvety mouthfeel goes a long way. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 4.5-5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 16-17.5/20.
Held up fairly well. Slight bricky color to it. Tasted a bit light at first, but improved a bit through the rib eye steak accompanying it. A slightly glycerine feel to it. On the whole, pretty good; not quite excellent.
Medium ruby with some mahogany on its edge, subtle ripe black berry nose. Black cherry, cassis, cola, earth, some pepper in a remarkably smooth and velvety whole. Still maintains good structure with light tannins. Modest finish.
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