5-10 years ago the wine would probably receive a much lower rating, but it's ready to drink and will give you it's full potential for an modestly priced bottle. At a purchase price in the mid 20's it's far smoother and provides a longer tannin and leather finish than any California Cabernet priced within $10.
The wine looks ruby colored. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like mushroom, molasses and chocolate. It tastes like nutmeg. The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
Still mostly ruby but with some brick at the rim. Elegant and in great condition on the nose, with a subtle, classic, developing Bordeaux bouquet of cigar box, leather, and fresh and dried black cherry fruit, plus some baking spice from well integrated oak and perhaps a bit of mushroom. Somewhat less expressive and showing more age on the palate, mostly because the fruit is really fading into the background. There’s still a bit of cherry/currant juice there, but only just. The cedar and tobacco come through nicely though, and it still boasts a good coat of tannin on its medium-bodied, classically proportioned frame. The spice and oak show themselves on the finish, which is nice and dry, with good balance and length.
I’m surprised how developed it is on the palate given the color and the nose, but probably no reason to risk letting this go much longer. It’s drinking well now and showing some good class but not a whole lot more promise.
In a lovely spot for a $24 bottle of Bordeaux. Rustic notes of earth, tobacco, and dried fruits on the nose while the palate was fresh with flavors of dark fruits and spices. Very Good and almost Excellent!
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