My Rating 88 Points.
This one is Great right out of the bottle. However, it does become more complex as it opens up in the decanter.
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Great fruity nose with blackberries, cherries, blueberries, light vanilla, flat Cola, licorice, currants, wild flowers and black pepper.
Full-bodied but not bold. Elegant and jammy, with gorgeous legs and medium plus acidity.
Fruity and dry on the palate with plums, blackberry jam, blueberries, sweet cherries, vanilla, licorice, wood, black currants, spices and black pepper.
Nice length on the finish with soft, round tannins and spices.
Very enjoyable and well balanced. This 2012 vintage from California is just great. I kept a few bottles, and I think I need to get to them by the end of the year. Definitely peeking now. I just love the nose on it.
I Paired it with Parmesan cheese (before dinner) and then, pasta with meat sauce.
15.3% (awesome) alcohol by volume.