Smooth & Supple
The cork is best quality making a good first impression, the color is medium ruby with a bit of what the French call "a robe"; medium to full bodied, moderately leggy, very clean appearance. The nose is medium sized with hints of maraschino cherry or grenadine atop deep, dark cherry tones, there's some clean vanilla from the oak and some floral hints, peonies to me. Not big but deeply attractive. The balance is Burgundian with ample, bright acid atop just enough fruit. There's tannin to age a while and the alcohol is not noticeable! Mouth filling with a pretty good finish. Compare to premium Nuites St. George! Brilliant but it wants a while to mature and let the tartness settle down and the tannins to soften. I'll be trying my next bottle about 2018. Not quite great but darn close!