Wow. Pop and poured, where it was great, but with some air it really opens up into something outstanding. Absolute "best of Napa" nose, with a great mid-to-late tannin that shows some distinct long term aging potential. This is a wine that can win the a lot of crowds, but has a depth that's pretty amazing.
All the other notes have been right on, more Fredrick's of Hollywood than Victoria's Secret. Dark black cherries and very fruit driven but not over ripe in any way. The tannins are soft and low acid. A crowd pleaser but not award winner. It actually paired well with Ahi tuna but I agree this would not be my first choice for a large steak.
Xmas dinner 2014 with garlic prime rib. Love this. Vanilla extract, milk chocolate, and blackberry jam on the nose. Cult California richness and style. Luscious thick velvet in the mouth with just enough grip to let you know that it's wine and not a dessert liquor. Great depth and length. Yum.
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