This wine is ageing remarkably well. At 7 years past vintage this has a bright color and is still impeccably balanced with silky tannins giving a creamy mouthfeel to a palate of red and citrus fruits swaddled in barrel notes of vanilla. The long finish highlights the Hungarian oak.
This is really coming into fine form right now. As I last sampled this a year and a half ago, I was pleased to see that its color was still bright and clear with no oxidation noticeable at all on the rim. It was opened and let breath for about 2 hours before pouring and when I did it filled the kitchen with aromas of rhubarb and Campari with orange. As it continued to breathe the body filled out and the nondescript dried red fruit became more pronounced. So, too, did the structure, which seemed to be exposed more as time passed. This is a fabulous window into a fine Red Mountain field blend at an accessible price. It shines with class and polish, restraint and complexity in a medium-bodied package perfect for sipping or accompanying any number of foods.
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