This wine has been waiting to be enjoyed ever since our trip to Napa. So, tonight in honour of a certain rugby player going off to university, we cracked it to enjoy with pistachio encrusted salmon and a blend of cous cous, garbanzo, red quinoa and orzo.
Clear and bright, medium ruby with legs, on the nose it was developing and clean with medium intense aromas of cherry, cedar, red plum and baking spice.
The palate is dry with high alcohol and medium minus acidity. The tannins are light and dusty and the medium minus body is accompanied by a flavour profile of cherry, red plum, nutmeg, clove, cedar fronds and forest leaves. The finish is medium.
A WSET ‘acceptable’ wine, it opened up over the course of the evening and became more enjoyable. A longer finish, less alcohol and improved integration would earn it a higher score.