Dark ruby; not faded. Old-world balance and acidity but deeper fruit a la California. Opened and aired 30 minutes; light pepper and cassis. Beautiful wine. Ullage was at the top of the shoulder. 13% alcohol. This is why Caymus had the reputation that it did, though I can't speak to their current versions that are all the fuss... Perhaps they just need a decade or two (or three) in the cellar before passing judgement?
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