The nose is cedar, blackberries and tobacco -- quite lovely. The flavors are very dark juice with earthy notes and a delicious juicy tartness, then growing into some definite tannic background that carries on for a while.
Decanted one hour before dinner, which was too late. Shy and anonymous at first, but a few hours later, the last glass was great. A very well made and correct wine, but somewhat lacking in personality. Great balance and nice tannic grip. Red fruit, herbs and licorice. Needs more time.
The second of six bottles purchased on release, this was decanted for 1 hour leaving a modest sediment. The color was fairly deep purple-red with no browning at the edge. The aromatics were, for the most part, primary red and blue fruits with hints of some secondary development. It was medium-full bodied with good balance and a middle that was solid but somewhat lacking in definition and focus. It trailed off rather quickly and had a clean finish with no discernible heat. Generally speaking, it seemed muddled. Even though it is technically well assembled, there just isn’t enough complexity or style to make it interesting much less something to inspire the palate. It is a pleasant enough wine that would be good in a restaurant setting where conviviality is the focus rather than what you are eating or drinking; but don’t expect it to be in the same league as Flor de Pingus, it’s not even close. It would be worth considering if priced in the low-mid $20’s, but not a worthy contender in the $30-40 range. 88 points Half the bottle was reserved to try the next evening.
UPDATE: 04/16/2014 On the second night, there was a noticeable improvement but not significant enough to change my overall impressions.
UPDATE: 07/09/2014 Decanted for one hour. This was showing much better than previous bottles. Although this was a little lacking in complexity, it was nicely balanced and didn't have the disjointed quality of the last bottle. It was quite enjoyable with beef brisket. I think this is as good as it will get now so I plan to finish my two remaining bottles over the next 2 years. 90 points
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