Bouteille et bouchon en parfaite condition. High fill. Carafé 1 heure avant. Bonne température de service. Couleur grenat sombre. Nez discret, retenu, sur les fruits noirs, le cuir, le mocca. Attaque vive en bouche, présence permanente sur le palais, sans creux. Tanins costauds. Attendre impérativement quelques années. Note pour le potentiel.
The Italian Merlot is a special find for me. I'm such a Napa Cab Creature but I stumbled upon this a few years back and bought it initally thinking it was a Barolo. It is a unique flavor profile that alternatively takes you to from Italy to Napa and back. Tastes a lot like Howell fruit to me rich and deep garnet in color with an extraction that it approachable and tasty. Tons of fruit and is tasting on the young side. This wine has a lot of offer for years to come.
Keith's 50th Birthday Celebration (Bin 75): Dark core with garnet rim; new oak, cocoa, raspberry, currant; softer, fine grained tannin, pretty red and dark fruit, cedar; Spanish in a way with its modern feel but this was delicious; nailed it blind.
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