The 2010 Estate Cuvee is an infant that still has a jammy, unevolved character. Showing every bit as good as when I tasted it on release, it offers up a stunning bouquet of blackberry, cassis, chocolate, graphite and liquid smoke that flows to a full-bodied, layered and decidedly pure profile on the palate. Shining as much for its elegance and purity as for its richness and depth, it possesses fine tannin, good acidity and a big finish. Give it 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy it through 2030.
Dark, rich and layered, with black licorice, plum and blackberry flavors that are tight and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 1,350 cases made.
Sweet but not overripe, baked dark cherries, sweet kirsch, bit of umami with some baked bacon fat on the nose. Good from the start (PnP). Medium+ tannins, body and flavor intensity, medium acidity. For quite some time I was not sure if the (smooth) tannins were slightly green or if this was just a herbal/mint component but with some time in the glass it became obvious that the latter is the case, maybe the Petit Verdot? Quite sweet kirsch on the palate (THE dominant component), with some meaty and herbal tones as well as a good structure. Not much development on day two. Overall, not my favorite aroma profile but a very interesting wine thanks to the unusual combo of Cab and Syrah.~
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