Variety: Red Blend
Designation: Red Label Claret
SubRegion: Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
The Big Wooden Guy says "tsk tsk" for the use, indeed abuse, of wood in this wine.
Try this- make a laminated board out of several layers of oak and cedar. Dribble three drops of vanilla extract on it, let it soak in. Now, place one blackcurrant, just one, on the ground and smack it with the board. Wipe it with a paper towel and let it dry for three days. Now you know exactly what this wine smells like.
The palate has plenty of wood, enough to match the nose. Oak, cedar, oak, vanilla, cedar, and a little more oak. Oh, there might be a blackberry and a blackcurrant hanging out there somewhere, but they are hard to find. A little licorice shows up on the mid-palate. Tannins are dusty and slightly harsh.
Wood is still dominant, along with some real heat from high alcohol. Loads of wood, cedar and vanilla lead the nose, though a bit more black fruit shows up than on Night One.
The palate is still wood-laden, the only difference being the addition of a bit of cream and a whole lot more vanilla.
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