Black with a deep ruby rim. Complex nose of blackberry syrup, lavender, rose, and black pepper. Full bodied and dense on the palate with lots of fine, ripe tannins. Got better over an hour in the glass. 92+ pts.
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.
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