Sweet blueberry and floral/lilac aromas give this a more elegant, fragrant opening than many of the oak-ladened blockbusters it competes with. The palate is ripe and mixes in flavors of blackberry, cappuccino and bitter herbs. Feelwise, all is calm and lush. And best of all there’s continuity from front to back. Only 1,000 cases made.
Out of the gate it smells sharp, sour and murky. But time allows most of that young RDD funk to settle, and what arises is oak, juicy blackberry, herbs and brown sugar. It improves as it picks up speed, but it always has some funk and angularity to it. Big at 14% but not flabby.