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mirafloresAll’s well that ends well. This is dark and brooding but a calm delight slowly emerges, a redemptive story in the glass.

Closed and murky when I first opened the bottle, on day 2 it finally started singing. The nose, once opened, has depth with dark cherry and fig shaded by earth and leather aromas emerging from a dark warren where dwells cautious power.

The palate is full bodied with leather and coffee, and shows persistent fruit power all the way through a finish in which nicely integrated wood builds layers without appearing obvious. Supple without being lush, the core of dark fruit is slowly encircled by a sparkling tide of firm, peppery tannins and modest acidity that lift the mood creating a lengthy, elegant resolution, an elegy with a Hollywood ending.

A wine made whole by its lovely finish. Dense, intimate, introspective like Bjork’s Hidden Place.

Score: 91

Price: $30 (Purchase here)

Alc: 14.5

Technical Notes: Aged 20 months in 50% new oak.

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