This was a killer on day one! Black fruit, hints of leather in the nose and palate, dark imposing color. Less of an "old world" earthiness this time. Solid structure and firm tannins. Medium to full body; long, lingering finish.
I won't diminish the 90 rating from day one, but will say I left a glass full in the bottle and came back to it on day three. The luster was gone. Not undrinkable, but certainly lacking that day one zing.
Still, this is a well made wine and should hold up nicely in the cellar for another 3-5 years easy.
Cabernet Blend Comparison (My Home): After 60 min. decant. Improved with more time in the glass. Fruit on the nose was of cherry and plum with vanilla and herbal mint. The nose was too hot to really enjoy. The palate followed the nose. Medium-high tannins and high acidity for good structure, but not well balanced. The alcohol was very noticeable. The other characteristics were a little out of kilter. I will save the next bottle for a couple of years, hoping it will come together.
Dense crimson coloring. Aromas of black and dark red fruits, earth, cinnamon, herbs, licorice, smoke, and toasty oak. Not quite as complex on the palate, but enjoyable nonetheless with medium body, acid, and finish, and flavors of dark red fruits and some light herbs and minerals. Tannins are pretty fine-grained and this is pretty ready to go. I'd drink over the next over the next few years.
open 1 hour, nose is the best part, big cherry, leather and some hint of cinnamon, mouth starts on the lean side and fills up but the acid keeps it pretty tart. 55% petite verdot and that explains the nose, some tannins but it is a ripe year and this does not drink ripe. I have half a bottle for tomorrow to see what it does. From the nose, I would buy a case, from the mouth, I am going to pass.
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