Once again demonstrating how long the 2005's are taking to come around. Pop and pour (for logistic reasons), this was just starting to open at the two hour mark. Still, a great showing though. It is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries, some cassis, char, dust, and slight tobacco notes. Full bodied. Silky tannins. On the palate, cherries, black cherries, slight tobacco with underlying spice and chat. Deep and complex if still tight. It unwinds in the glass. Long finish. This still has a ways to go until peak, Maybe five to seven years and should drink well for another fifteen to twenty after that. It went very well with a vegetarian mushroom dish but would also be great with roasted duck.
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