Big, no - huge, now beginning to evolve, still purple dark, but perhaps some secondary notes, very well built wine. My only complaint is my usual complaint. I feel like this could be any of ten or twenty well made Napa wines. Readers are probably tired of my saying that and might reasonably say- capacious- why do you have so many if that's how you feel. The answer is we didn't think or really taste this way until perhaps the last three or four years. The more different Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines of all regions we have, the more clear it is how terroir matters. Ok probably most have stopped reading by now and I won't do this tirade again. And yes, I didn't discover terroir. But some things you can talk about and know about, and then they finally become truly meaningful. The same good again and again can sort of bore.
Fabulous wine! Was not sure at first, the nose was complete alcohol and this clocks in at 14.7%. This wine turned out to be beautiful and easily the WOTN. Load of blackberries, raspberries and cassis. Surprisingly very fruit forward for an older wine. Most wines this age begin to show signs of tiring. Everyone commented on how fresh and wonderful this wine was for our holiday party. This is a great extracted style of winemaking that gives me hope for some of the fruit bombs of Napa will age gracefully. Very pleased with this wine.
Vibrant Dark purple-violet color. Fragrant blackberry nose. Lovely mixture of blackberries and raspberries, black currant, and some black pepper. Cherries become more dominant as it opens up to the point that it almost resembles a really excellent burgundy.
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