Reply to "2009 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Crimson Clover"

Opened one tonight for grilled steaks. As I type this, I just poured myself the last of what has been in the decanter for 4-1/2 hours.

I wondered earlier in this thread if these go through a shutdown period, and I think they may be in a bit of one now based on this bottle. However, it is showing some really nice stuff that makes me think it will be awesome in maybe 2-3 years.

Inky/purple color in the glass. Huge black fruit aromas with hints of violet and menthol. The brown sugar notes I smelled earlier have mostly gone away. Full mouthfeel. The tannins are very prominent, but there is also plum, blackberry, a hint of tart cherry and baker's chocolate. My wife got some black licorice. The early oakiness has faded. Wonderful acidity. This has a lot of components that I think will work better together with a bit more time. It improved dramatically for me while drinking throughout the evening. 92+, but hold a while.
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