Best showing for this wine so far and noticeably better than my immediately prior bottle (July 2015). Opened two hours ahead of time, this wine was slightly above medium bodied and nearly perfectly smooth and round. Fruit notes of blackfruit and berry through the middle with well integrated tannins, licorice and earth on the finish. This wine displayed a decided elegance where the fruit showed nicely and the tannins provided an unobtrusive backbone and the finish sailed without drying notes. This was the first bottle where I felt that all the components had integrated fully and you tasted the complete wine rather than being able to note its cab, syrah and cab franc notes individually. I think it should have a year or so at this level, but this feels like peak and I plan to drink my last bottle in July 2016.
A bit disjointed, rough and light at first, but after about half an hour, it settled down and by an hour in, it had smoothed out nicely. Medium bodied and very soft and open at this stage. It's 74% cabernet, but I would have guessed a predominantly merlot based blend, but for the herbs, leather and spices on the finish. This is a very nice wine for everyday drinking, but it's not tremendously complex. It's soft, open and in balance now and I don't see additional time in the cellar as bringing any major benefit. Still, a good value for drinking over the next year or two.
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