Began as a very promising vintage that pleased us early on, but when the wine went into bottle it seemed to become uncharacteristically hard, tannic and backward. Frequent tastings have consistently shown a wine that is deep ruby/purple, with relatively high extract, rich and concentrated - promising yet somehow lacking charm and finesse. Some of the bottles we have opened seemed to have suddenly blossomed. The wine is still very dark and the wine is an adolescent in terms of evolution. We think this wine is just entering its plateau of full drinkability and we are beginning to actually see the high hopes we had for this wine come to fruition.