A touch musky on the nose, but there's a lot of well used but obvious mocha, roasted nut, and toast notes here, topping the creamy cherry fruit at the moment. Rich and a little sweet on entry with intense, slightly herbal cactus pad, vegetal black cherry and black currant fruit. The oak is present on the palate, adding a base and lots of spice, but this is really about the fruit. Rich yet fairly taut in the mouth, this has a nice texture which is marred for the moment by the rather heavy load of wood tannin. Finishes with bold black cherry fruit and moderating oak notes. 90pts
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