Extremely rich in its red fruit. Decanted 1 hour before first sniff. Powerful nose if deep red spicy fruit, almost oriental black tea, someone mentioned menthol in this thread which absolutely spot on. Theres hints of dark somewhat smokey liquirice, toasted oak, charcoal. In the mouth its rich, and dense in a modern napa fruit way. It dances of into the sunset with structure of bordeaux tannins with perfectly balanced rich fruit.
Jeff Leve review 2/13 spot on with oak a bit milder, but still full bodied, quite dark with only modest lightening and years to go. Also got some initial menthol and rich black cherry....merlot softness a real treat here..pretty wine if not for the classicist
If I hadn't known better, I would have thought this was from the mid 90s. Accelerated aging? Perhaps, but this was nevertheless an excellent wine. Only took an hour decant to get going. Medium ruby color. Red currant, black cherry, leather, licorice, eucalyptus, and nutmeg. Medium weight and silky smooth on the palate. Tannins beautifully balanced. If there's one shortcoming with this wine, it's the somewhat short finish. How much time is left here? Likely between 5 and 10 years, but I wouldn't wait too long to pop a cork.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 7/26/2014 (University Club, San Diego): Allowed to breathe in bottle 2 hours, then decanted and served. Opaque garnet-black color. Fantastic bouquet of bright fresh blackberries, blueberries, charcoal, lilacs, stony soil. Powerful tannins on the palate, full body with long finish. Very youthful with a great future ahead of it. My #3, group's THIRD PLACE.
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