Big, structured, and very oaky, might as well be a Napa Cab. I found the vanilla oak profile a bit too much, but there is certainly a bunch going on here. A bit of heat on the nose after two hours of decanting, really overwhelms the fruit. Subtle cherry and cola notes in the mouth, with a short wood okay finish. I remember trying this wine on release and being very impressed, but it seems it hasn’t survived the test of time. Nice, but nothing special.
I am not a big fan of Merlot, it usually is too insipid for my tastes, but this was a pleasant surprise. It is very smooth, and although it doesn't have much length to the finish, it is consistent throughout, with some nice fruit; not much of a nose but a very nice bottle to take over to enjoy with friends for a casual week-day dinner.
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