Dark, nearly pitch black core with a thin red rim. Amazing aromatics. Cedar, black currant and tobacco. This is drinking beautifully right now. Layers of black and red currant with dark cherry on the back of the palate. Integrated and in perfect balance. I never thought I would put Owen Roe, DuBrul and effortlessly soft in the same sentence, but here we are. Still showing some good acidity and freshness, but I think this is at the apex right now. This began picking up weight with air, but stayed under control and showed off some elegance as it moved through the long finish.
Full disclosure- I have never really liked any of the Owen Roe wines, nor have I had any luck with Cab based wines from DuBrul. I have generally found it on the sweet red side and when producers (mostly the estate owners) load up the new oak, it has generally been over the top for me. When this bottle hit the table, I was pessimistic to say the least. It was absolutely beautiful and a great example of why I love wine. Wine changes with age, palate preferences change, and you find joy in places you never expect to. Further, I often find plenty of VA on many Washington reds with a bit of age, and this was completely free of that.
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