The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant, blackberry, espresso and vanilla. It tastes like black currant (cassis). The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
Very dark red/purple color. PNP, aerated into glasses; drank 2+ glasses over 90 minutes. The nose is really quite nice showing off the pretty black currants and brambly berries first with plenty of spice and hints of tobacco leaf. The palate is full bodied, with well layered darker fruit; black currant, boysenberry, red cherry, and hints of blackberry liqueur; spice, tobacco, and hints of vanillin on a medium finish. The structure and balance are good, with pleasant well proportioned medium grained tannins. The oak is fairly well integrated now. This drinks well now and should resolve even further over the next 2 years and drink for a couple more. Nice.
Wine is drinking well now, but unfortunately had this after a Hartwell Res '04, and this wine is clearly less balanced. The tannins are a bit sharp in the early body and some heat lingers through the finish. Sadly the fruit is already fairly subdued so in the race between fruit longevity and tannin softening, it appears the fruit is losing. I still have half a case of this, so it will be good to drink and see if softer tannins allow more fruit to come through.
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