One hour in the decanter but this really needed 2 to open and shine. Dark fruit with medium acidity and tannins. A blend of 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 percent Merlot and 20 percent Sangiovese. Drinking well now but could improve with a few more years in the cellar.
Bright blackfruit and cassias on the nose. Full bodied, but completely integrated and very much in balance after two hours open. Starts off with a lot of cabernet based blackfruit, especially blackberry, adds in the softer richer merlot notes in the background; bringing chocolate and currant. Mixed throughout are the brighter, more red fruit based sangiovese notes that both soften the darker cabernet notes and and a brightness to the background. Excellent length on the finish with coffee and oak notes. Outstanding mix of styles that really cam together and is showing particularly well right now.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Very dark chocolate core with thin dull garnet rim; ripe, tobacco, dark fruit, menthol, prune; Bordeaux varieties evident on palate, rich, modern, savory; New World with age or modern Italian, called '04 Guidalberto; very good.
Merlot characteristics still most prominent here, leading to super results. Smooth. Cocoa powder and mocha with ripe fruit. Good secondary development. Tobacco and some herbal notes. This is not going anywhere and has a lot of time ahead of it.
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(Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT) Deep blackberry, black fruit, smoky nose; very tight, black fruit palate with high acidity; medium-plus finish (needs years) (40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese)