Out of the bottle, first scent -- very oaky and ALCOHOL (almost pear brandy-ish). To the taste, heavy oak with little apparent outside of oak. As the wine opened up (we had the bottle in our cellar at 55 degrees), it became more well balanced, the oak flavor "de-tensified", and hints of pear and apricot came through. All-in-all, I am a bit underwhelmed with this wine (it tasted much better at Pride's winery from what I can remember)... still, I am enjoying it with my wife and that's what is important. Tonight we drank in honor of our dog, Bailey (who is fighting lymphoma).
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