Cloudy crimson. Fresh nose of cherry cola and baking spice. Medium bodied, sweet blueberries, sharp black cherries, leather, lots of dry dusty tannins, tobacco, and a long finish. Delicious. Still a lot of life left.
Still a nice dark red purple. Big full nose of graphite and dark fruit. Firm tannins on entry and through finish. Palate echoed the nose with a lengthy finish of sweet cassis. This has done well over the years. Actually a bit more to my liking than when young.
Dark rose with slight bricking. Great nose of blueberry pie, mulled spices, and tobacco. Medium bodied, leather, cedar, black cherries, muscular tannins, dust, and a long, tongue-wrapping finish. The secondary characteristics have emerged, pushing the fruit to the back. That's a good thing. Thanks Tim.
Dark Sonoma ruby purple in the glass with a light cling. Full nose of mostly fruit qualities -- cassis, blue-/blackberry compote -- with a vanilla oak sheen. Palate is intense and fruit-forward (as expected). Black- and blueberries, black currant jam, a hint of that Cab Sauv green, and that vanilla sheen (very subtle). Tannins well integrated at this point, giving just enough to smack your lips after the medium-long finish which continues the flavor profile started on entry. Take care of it and it could give another year, but it's a crowd pleaser right now, so drink up. You bought some later vintages, right?
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