Nice to try a Hobel with some age on it. This was purchased on release. Still youthful though it is drinking well with a bit of air. This was made by Thomas Rivers Brown. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose is very nice with cassis, cedar, leather, and spice. On the palate, this still has medium tannins. cassis fruit with some underlying dry earthiness. Good balance. Nice finish. It unwinds a bit in the glass showing some layering. Overall, this is maturing nicely. It won't get better but should keep maturing. No hurry, this has at least another decade in it. It will go well with grilled or roasted meats and stews.
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