Nothing formal here...moved into a new apartment so I used that as an excuse to pop one of these (not to mention the '07 will be arriving shortly).

Clearly too young, as the nose is dominated by vanilla and butter from the oak. But with time, bright red fruit begins to emerge with some cassis and black cherry. I really like the minerality you get in the middle, and the finish has youthful tannins to remind you this needs time. No heat at all...this wine is 14.5%, which I love. I'm a fan of TRB's wines to say the least, and this did not disappoint.

I'd give it a 93...maybe a bit higher based on potential
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