Vinfolio | 92
A nose of dark cherry, chocolate, brilliantly concentrated followed by clove, graphite and spice with hints of jasmine and creme brulee. The palate shows black cherry and dense licorice-laced black berry fruits. After 5 hours of air the palate develops more mouth-filling softness, with some elegant tannins.
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Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Tasted at Ma(i)sonry alongside the current flight of Blackbird offerings - note that bottle had been opened the previous day and had a good bit of exposure, which I would absolutely recommend for this wine.
Fabulous nose - literally spills out of the glass with (pleasant) floral notes and vanilla. Mouthfeel is sophisticated, with a palate of cocoa, caramel and burnt coffee. Structure was very impressive, with softened tannins and a very surprising finish.
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14.3% alcohol, 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas: evolved nose, showing that it is entering maturity
Palate: polished delicate leather hints, cherry and blueberry
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Slate, raspberry, and earth on the nose. Supple tannins and good structure but still a bit tight. Hold this.
Came back to this 4 days later and it was even better. The tannins and fruit had settled down, WOW. (Revised score from 92 to 94)