This has really opened up in the last six months.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis and smoke.  Slight baking spices.  On the palate, this has a velvety texture.  Sweet cassis fruit.  Light to medium tannins.  A bit of underlying char which is more pronounced on the long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue to do so for the next five to seven years.  It is decidedly not a fruit bomb but has persistent fruit.  It works better with food but is good on its own.  A nice pairing with smoked brisket.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91
Vintage: 
2015

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