Pop/pour. A little shy on the nose. Dark fruits, a bit of cassis, hints of florals and a bit of sour that thankfully doesn't really carry over to the palate. On the palate, this is significantly smoother than when I last had it almost 5 years agos. The dark fruit and cassis lead the way on a medium to medium heavy palate. Fruit balanced against acidity, maybe a bit more of the latter than I care for, resulting in a mouthfeel that isn't terribly lush. A tinge of bitter green, but not at a level that's distracting or off-putting. Tannins still relatively pronounced. If the acids and fruits ever resolve and marry, this will be a pretty compelling wine for the price. I really don't know if that will happen. I'll probably try to see how half a bottle of this drinks on Day 2 with some further air.
I had been on the road for the last couple of days, and wanted something to make me feel warm and at home. I cooked a Moscovy Duck, and made a salad from Farmer's Market Greens. This wine paired nicely with the food. Open for business. I doubt this will improve with additional bottle age. Nice underlying fruit. A tad bit of green in the finish. But all-in-all, not bad for an off vintage.
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