Surprising this one.... Has really come around since last bottle. No formal notes. Nose of bright red cherry, black tea, tobacco(??). Palate much the same. Very nice balance (in stark contrast to the Cali cab we drank earlier) great fresh fruit, licorice, with plenty of acidity and a fine dusting of tannin. Seems as if it should drink well for another 5 or more years.
Opened and decanted; let sit for 3 hours. Then served with a beef stew with polenta. Good nose of tar and dried rose petals. Lead pencil shavings too. Wonderful rich black fruits with a solid core of earth and cedar with slight notes of herbs. The tannins, while noticeable, are not out of bounds for this wine.
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