This is  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is a more forward style of Bordeaux, but certainly not a fruit bomb. The cork was popped about six hours prior to pouring.  Purple in color with a thin ruby rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but very nice.  Cassis, slight cigar, cedar and baking spices.  Full bodied.  On the palate, cassis with underlying tobacco.  A bit of pencil lead comes in at the end.  Long finish.  This could use another decade of storage and should drink well for another fifteen to twenty after that.  It drinks well on its own and would also work with a hearty (non-seafood) meal. 

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