Red-ruby. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite, cocoa powder and violet on the nose. Suave and smooth but powerful too, with very good acidity framing and intensifying the concentrated dark fruit flavors. Finishes quite long and subtle, with firm, suave tannins reaching the front teeth. This is sweeter and subtler on the back end than the reserve merlot from the Mailbox Vineyard, and also has the mid-palate material to support its tannins.
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This is an explosion of dark berry flavors. Ultraconcentrated. Having said that, it could use
more tannin buttressing.
I've really liked the mountain Cabernets from 2007 I've purchased on WineAccess. This wine stands up to all of them, even if it's half the price a several. Rich and powerful, great ripe fruit core, but very long on the finish without being raspy. We're drinking this now, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't live a decade or more.
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