Wish I had read the two notes below before popping this. Very unyielding on pop and pour. Kept under cork in the wine fridge and sampled over four nights. The extra air barely made a dent. This one seems shut down hard at the moment. Purchased on release via a friend and properly stored. Definitely hold.
Decanted 1.5 hours, and then it sat in glass for a good 2 hours, because it just wasn't ready. Really ripe dark nose of blackberry and blueberry, palate was very tannic at first. It loosened up some in glass, but never really transformed into any kind of good experience. Too young, and sorry that this was my only bottle.
Lunch Offline (Joe's House, Minneapolis): NO score on this one. I would be interested to see what this wine does day 2 and 3. Muted nose but palate shows dark fruits, coffee and oak. Not drinking as well as the cardiac hill I had a few weeks ago. HOLD and hope this gets better.
Friday Afternoon Delight (Joe's Place, Mpls, Mn): Very dark red/purple color. Decanted for 1.5hrs. Drank 1+ glass over 3 hours. Very tight up front, gradually gives up some of what lurks, oak, blackberry, black fruits, scorched earth and hints roasted game. The palate is primary but very deep with road tar, black fruits, oak, tight, dense, nice but astringent grippy tannins, pepper. This has a great deal of potential but is very young and despite a decant needs more time. Score reserved, but impression is 90-93pts.
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