This ageable wine is young and tannic now, with an astringent finish. Cherry and blackberry stuffing is down there for the long haul. Best after 2010 and beyond.
($35; includes some merlot and cabernet franc, whereas this winery's Old Vine Reserve is all cabernet sauvignon) Saturated ruby-red. Cassis, bitter chocolate, tobacco, earth, cinnamon and eucalyptus on the nose, lifted by a note of dried rose. Juicy and tightly wound, with sappy flavors of cassis, tobacco, chocolate and roast coffee. As young as this is, it already shows a roundness of texture and a deep sweetness. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering notes of mocha and vanilla. Like the estate's pinot noir, this needs bottle aging.
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