Opaque dense color garnet with hints of purple violet at the rim. The smells are cassis, smoke, light spice, espresso, blackberry, and menthol. The tastes are currants, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, earth, espresso, and cedary notes. The acidity is very zingy and the tannins are stout and woody with velvety furry texture. This begs for juicy steak or lamb. Had this with bison and it was a good food match.
This improved greatly by day #2. This was good but oaky and edgy on first day. Came together nicely on day 2. Big, dark wine. A bit extracted but very tasty cassis flavor in a velvety package by the end. Borderline outstanding last glass which is what the score reflects but wasn't complex enough for me.
Nose of dark fruit with some alcohol (14.5% abv) poking through. The alcohol was less noticeable on the palate. Flavors of dark fruit, boysenberry, and some pleasant herbal notes. Fine tannins and a silky mouth feel. Med+ finish, with just a touch of heat on the back end. A very solid effort.
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