Still a deep dark garnet color. A brambly nose and flavors of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, along with spice, black and white pepper, oak. Full bodied, rich and intense fruit. Tannins are more resolved now, but still slightly apparent. Good acid and structure. Nice finish. Still has a year or so left for appreciation. Paired nicely with hamburger with roasted mushrooms and onions. Score 92-93.
Last bottle of the '08 and it was a nice one. Consistent with previous notes. This has loads of red and black fruit combined with some cinnamon and spice notes, and a nice texture. This does veer toward being a bit sweet and jammy, but does not come across as over the top and alcoholic. I pairs well with BBQ. For those who tend to only like savory wines, this probably would not appeal. But very good for the style.
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