Opaque with crimson rim. Opulent nose of potpourri, garrigue and barbecue sauce, with a faintly sweet aroma of hot cocoa. Palate is full and jammy, balanced with a stony underpinning that persists through the long finish. This is very smooth in the mouth, with a hint of residual tannin. Delicious now, this will likely continue to mature through the end of the decade.
Beautiful bouquet and complex with ripe red and dark berry fruits, garrigue, sweet licorice, tobacco and vanilla. Lush and luxurious. On the palate the same impressions; beautifully ripe fruits, good spiciness, some salty licorice and minerals like graphite. A touch of chocolate as well. Beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness and tannin with still a good bite. Early maturity now and this beautiful wine will drink nicely until well into the 2020's. 93 - 94
Beautiful hints of plum with a solid backbone. Tannin levels were perfectly in balance. It was gorgeous with smoked brisket. Although it was great last night, it could easily have been held back for 5+ yrs. Decanted for 4+ hrs and consumed over another 2.
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