The nose here is dark, cool and fairly reserved relative to many of the wines this night—with notes of dark earth, dusty chalk, balsa wood and a faint whiff of white pepper. In the mouth, it hangs together nicely from entry to finish—with flavors of black cherry and chewy chocolate paste. It has a velvety edge and is more warmly engaging than on the nose. A structured backbone still shows through and makes the wine feel like it would be better with a bit more short-term cellaring. On the whole, I was hoping for a bit more, but there is nothing wrong with the wine—it just isn’t showing as much as I was hoping for at this stage.
I tasted this wine and liked it before I bought 6 bottles. The first time I tasted it, I was impressed that it wasn't the typical oaky mess made by most producers in WA state. Since then, every bottle I have opened has been nothing but oak juice to my palate (which I will admit is oak-adverse). I have no idea why, maybe the first taste had been open for 8 hours and the oak wasn't as evident as when first opened and poured.
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