In a great place right now. Black currant, plum, some smoky, meaty notes, cedar and dill from the oak that slowly transformed over the course of the evening into cigar box notes. Excellent acidity, well balanced. Good body but not an OTT Cali Cab. It has a restrained style. Superb value.
Absolutely gorgeous wine! Purchased on release at the winery and perfectly stored. Initial beautiful fruit with lots of vanilla cream and chocolate. The creamy chocolate and fruit continue through to a long finish. Tannins mellowed and body perfect for this drink-me-now wine which will probably last for a few more years if well stored.
Opaque purple ruby; urgent nose of chocolate, mint, cedar and bright cherry; mouthfull of well-masked alcohol and fine spicy tannins; perfume wafted for hours from glass on table ~ 4 ft away while catching up on DVR'd "funnymen" Stewart and Colbert.
Clear dark garnet-ruby color. Subdued bouquet of creme de cassis, forest floor, anise seed, hints of saddle soap and creosote. A welcome sense of freshness and purity, pleasantly free of any savory meaty notes. On the palate, this was balanced, with smooth tannins, pleasant tartness, medium body and nice finish. Improved steadily over two hours in the glass and was still very nice a day later under vacuum stopper.
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