Glass-clinging dark purple red in the glass. Purple black in a full drinking pour. Black fruit cobbler and a bit of tar on the nose and palate. Velvety tannins on the long finish. At a real sweet spot now.
Dark glass-clinging reddish purple; drinking pour is near black. Very closed on opening (surprise, surprise), yielding a little dark fruit under vanilla. Palate is likewise with dark berries and tar (but not in a scary way). Tannins are nice and velvety. After time in the air (as expected), it opens up nicely, yielding black fruit cobbler on the nose and yielding mounds of blackberry licorice creme surrounded by crushed velvet tannins on the palate. Not as rough and rustic as its Southwest France brethren, but a commanding presence in the glass nonetheless. Think Mike Tyson (ca. 1995) in a tux. Wonderful now with a decant. Should bring pleasure for another five to seven years or more.
Dark purple. Brambly, purply nose with smoke and tobacco. Mouthfilling flavor of ripe berries, raspberry and spice. Still pretty fruit forward. Tannins give plenty of grip to an otherwise thin finish. Nice with a big bolognese sauce.
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