This is part of the Longrow Red wine finished series. This expression was matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 7 years and then double-barreled for 4 years in ex-cabernet sauvignon barrels before being bottled at 52.1% ABV.
Nose: Peaty with a big does of brine. Very strange phenolic/fresh tennis ball smell – some richness from the cabernet finish, but fairly minimal impact.
Palate: Overwhelming tennis ball flavor here – some peat and brine develop with a slightly medicinal profile. Cabernet presents as dark fruits, but overshadowed by tennis balls.
Finish: Most cab like so far with stewed fruits and oak.
Rating: 75/100 – That chemical/tennis ball note really hinders this one for me.
Value for the money: These are probably hard to find now, but they retailed for around $80-$90. In general I like that price for the Longrow Red series, but I’d pass on this one due to my opinion of it.