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|Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 1 user opinion)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 3 notes) - and median of 87 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Dulcie and Aylwin on 12/3/2010: So this time I am making sure I enter the note closer to the actual time of drinking. I have to say I really like this wine; one of those from the old Sam's lunchtime specials, where one would be teased into buying something one didn't really care about just because it was on sale. I'm a sucker for that; sometimes good, sometimes bad. This time good. A lot of resinous action on the nose, hint of eucalyptus, dark spicy notes; dark inky red; on the palate, quite sensuous, spicy almost exotic, good acidity, length. Definitely one to have again. (1148 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dulcie and Aylwin on 3/25/2009: We actually drank this a long while ago, but Aylwin neglected his duty to society by failing to enter it into the record. Shame upon him. So, no real specifics; but we remember this was an interesting, concentrated, dark fruit, spice, good acidity, grip, leather. (1316 views)|
| ||Tasted by dhonig on 11/29/2008 & rated 87 points: Night One|
A rich earthy smell first out of the bottle changes slowly to more fruit and spice after an hour or so in the glass. Red cherries and wild strawberries, asian spices and a touch of vanilla all overlay faint earth and mild mushrooms.
Curiously, red fruit on the nose turns to darker fruit on the palate, blackberries and blackcurrants along with unsweetened cranberries. The darker fruit fades on the mid-palate as a bit of underlying earth joins the tart, even slightly bitter, cranberries. It all leads to a mid-length richly tannic finish.
Very nice on Night One. Will it get better, or fall off, tomorrow?
Fruits are darker and softer on Night Two. The cherries have gone from bright Bing cherries to riper black cherries. The tart strawberries are gone, replaced by sweet blueberries and mulberries. The spice is mostly gone, too. The vanilla still lingers.
Most of the balance is gone, leaving a vanilla-loaded wooden fruit bomb, adding cloying brown sugar in the mid-palate and an overall sense of over-worked sweetness.
This was a very nice bottle of wine on Night One, and a big disappointment on Night Two. Does that mean it's bad? No, not at all. It means it is a good bottle of wine made to drink fresh, not to decant for hours or cellar for years. (1375 views)