Full, ripe and so tannic in its present form that it’s scratchy and hard on the mouth. Aromas of ripe berry and syrup hint at its core power, while flavors of blackberry, fresh raisin and chocolate are true and good. A powerpacked wine with a fierce mouthfeel; only time can bring it around. Hold until 2011.
Chunky, earthy lead aromas have a hint of floral raspberry, but the palate is creamy and lactic, with milky cherry and plum flavors followed by a mildly bitter, peppery finish. Fairly solid for the most part, but its burnt and lactic notes don’t elevate it.