Bottle #5041.  In contrast to the regular 2018, this one is drinking great.  Such is the nature of the vintage.  While perhaps not a top vintage, it was better than many people say and the wines are so much more accessible young while still being delicious and complex.  That seems to be even more true with mountain fruit that is typically more concentrated than valley floor fruit.  The label lists 14.5%abv.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, spice, clay and chocolate.  Firm tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is very drinkable.  Cassis, chocolate and some spice.  Nice finish.  This is still a big wine, but it is drinking well now and should for the next twenty years.  Great on its own, it needs big food such as roasted meats or veggies.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95
Vintage: 
2017
Current Price: 
$100.00USD

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