Dense, intense coffee, chocolate, blueberry, and a strong dryness -- it's not a dry wine, but a wine with a dry layer, a dry streak, amidst overpowering flavor and sweetness butterscotchy rather than strongly oaky-vanillin, though that's there. It's the dry streak that makes it work with steak in a way that a desert wine would not. Exceedingly intense finish. S.H. at WS said "It’s impossible not to be impressed and troubled by a wine such as this;" I concur -- this is almost a desert wine, but is more like a hypothetical vintage kahlua.
Very disappointing. No where near as good as remembered or as scored and reviewed 2.5 years ago. Either the wine has really evolved (for the worse), bottle variation, or palate changed. Dark red color with slight bricking on edges. Stewed fruit with a slightly herbatious nose. Palate really off balance. Harsh and hot. Lots of tannin, but hardly any fruit. Kind of bitter and somewhat of an off finish.
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