On the nose I get creamy vanilla notes combined with candied wild raspberry, bramble berry, and lots of oak. The oak is so heavy it almost turns into a creamy coconut type aroma which I often use as a descriptor for wines that are far too over-oaked.
The flavors are rich and the texture is somewhat viscous, creme de cassis, candied fruits, dark inky black fruits, and even that coconut thing is happening again on the palate. This wine is very clumsy, heavily extracted, and slightly off balance with some bitter green tannins on the finish.
I really don't get it...this wine has been amazing in past vintages and has always been one of the best values on the market. Now I feel this wine if far too extracted and grossly manipulated by oak. Maybe my palate has changed to an older world type of liking, or maybe I'm right and this wine has just gone through the shitter. At any rate, I don't fancy it! 72 points