I don't normally post notes on wines I buy for everyday drinking but this one rocks! Hearty raspberry aromas on opening, palate of dark berries, fig, leather. Medium-to-full body longish 8 sec finish, perfectly integrated velvety tannins.
What made this great was around 3 hours in, the wine opened up and the flavors became more intense with the tannins melting into a smooth and even longer finish. Fantastic!
If drinking now, I'd say let sit for 2 hours for peak drinking. I had some left over for next day and the flavors subsided but still quite good. Drink now or keep for another 3-4 years at peak drinking window.
First of 5 bottles. The nose is tight and rich, but suggests that decanting could have made it explode a bit more. Barnyard aromas and cedar mostly come through. On the palate, the wine confirms being rich in taste and texture, but all in a very smooth style. Tannins feel perfectly tamed! I would decant this for an hour just to get the nose going a bit more, but don’t see this necessarily getting much better with age. Great value @22$.
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