Rich tannins give this wine a bracing mouthfeel, but it’s still drinkable now. While it’s a big wine, the palate feels -elegant and silky, with spicy flavors of black cherry and licorice. The 2010s should have one of the longer shelf lives of recent vintages, holding for at least another decade.
Bright ruby-red. Intensely perfumed aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry-cola, licorice, lavender and Asian spices. Plush and sweet but shows impressive energy and floral lift. Manages to be both rich and lively, picking up a smoky nuance with air and finishing sweet, focused and very long.
A little pulled back and not so immediate as many of its mates and showing a bit of angularity on the palate, this one takes a moment or two before blooming but exhibits a lovely mix of very deep cherry-like fruit, dusty earth spice and a touch of dried flowers when it does. What at first seemed like a little awkward stiffness is no more than youthful restraint, and the more we stay with this wine, the more we are convinced of its potential for beauty with age.
Pure and snappy, with tight, vivid raspberry, anise, spice and blueberry flavors, maintaining focus and gaining depth. Drink now through 2020.
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