After a 45 min decant the nose shows herbs, cassis, sweet tarts, and a sort of cream of mushroom soup like the smell of green bean casserole. Some menthol and sweet tobacco too if you don't really swirl it.
Palate is delicious, a pleasure in the mouth. Refined tannins give it a balance that makes it taste like a buttered roll on thanksgiving. Shows blackberry fading to plum and has a touch of spice on a long finish. Fantastic right now!
A nose of wonderful flowers and vanilla, with a medium body and rich taste. Chocolate and dark berries complete a very nice finish. After some time to breathe, the nose becomes more candied and a slate finish emerges. Enjoyable, and drinking well right now. Some tannins remain, so I suspect that the aging on this one will meet the far end of the window at 2016. But, it's about complete - recommend to drink up in the next 18 months. Score [50 + 5 + 12 + 17 + 7] = 91.
Ages well! I have also had it immediately and it was still lovely. Fruity smells with taste of vanilla and a little smoky surprise. Full bodied. You will love it from the uncorking until the last drop is gone. Enjoy!
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