The nose is met with lush aromas of creamy baked cherry, crushed cranberry, vanilla, boysenberry, cola, milk chocolate and cinnamon bark. This medium bodied wine has pronounced flavors of berries, cherries, spice, currant and toast. A supple entry highlights velvety tannins and the long finish is accented by sweet cream, milk chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla, hints of cedar and toasted oak.
"Drinks immature and gangly now, a fresh young Cab that needs time to knit together. It's all there, though, from the ripe blackberry, cassis, cherry marmalade and cappuccino flavors and sweet, vanilla-infused new oak to the firm, sweet young tannins. Very fine, high-class wine. Should blossom by 2009, then evolve for many years."
"The silken texture of this wine's tannin gains elegance with air. Those tannins are potent, yet so smoothly incorporated into the fruit that together the impression is round and clean. Decant it for steak with sautéed mushrooms."
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