This was generously brought to our Seder by a friend.  It was stood upright for a couple of weeks and decanted for sediment right before serving.  It is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  A really great showing at age 19.  Probably a bit past its prime but still thriving with plenty to offer those who would listen to an older wine.  Deep ruby in color, a bit of bricking at the rim.  The nose is great with cigar box, dried cherries, fresh cherries, dust and slight pine.  On the palate, this has layers of fruit;dried and fresh over a forest floor.  Good acidity helps it go well with an eggplant casserole.  Nice finish.  It took about 30 minutes to shed some bottle stink and open and continued to open for the next hour or so.  Blind I would have guessed late 90s left bank.  i beleive this was this winery's first vintage of this wine.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
2000

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