Very dark purple. On the nose obvious oak, dark red fruit and a decided chocolate component. Some heat shows (15.2%) but doesn’t detract too much. Quite big on the palate, lush dark ripe fruits with more of the chocolate/mocha. A bit of a tannic backbone. Finishes with more spice and chocolate and on day two some surprising notes of olives.
An interesting drink and one that will likely be a hit with those that love a riper style. I wish they’d toned down the oak. This reminds me some of the Layer Cake 2007 but I think it has more potential for improvement. A very good deal at $13 delivered. This makes me want to try some of the more “serious” lots. (88 pts.)
I have said it in a couple other threads…the Lot 143 is the CH wine to be chasing. 147 is good for the coin and should provide to be a non-wino crowd pleaser. 143 in five years will compete against the big boys IMHO.