August 31, 2014 - Rich, coating, with deep and dark cherry. Early at this point but accessible. Hold for now. Enjoy later. How can you lose? Sweet.
May 7, 2014 - From 375 ml. Decanted 2 hours. A bit young, but starting to open up.
March 14, 2014 - What to say.. Great nose: blackberry, blueberry, flowers, meat and a hint of leather. On the palate it's one dimensional: Full bodied, smooth and good tannins. But it's boring, so boring. After one glass I had enough, this is not the wine I like. Bob will love it probably. Annoying high and sharp alcohol on the tongue and your throat. Hard to score... I have to give it 90 points because it's solid and well made. But personally three or 4 points less because I don't like these types of wine.
January 8, 2014 - Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Dark red/purple to rim. Cassis, dark berries, tar on the nose, full body, ripe dark fruits, good balance, well-integrated oak much less prominent than last bottle, oak, smooth tannins, drinks well now and should hold for 5-10 years. Excellent.
January 5, 2014 - Really good right out of the bottle.
December 17, 2013 - Inky dark color. Expressive nose. Rich, full bodied. Hides the alcohol well. Giving the next bottle a couple of years.
November 30, 2013 - Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Dark red/purple to rim. Cassis, blacberry, tarry vanilla oak on the nose, full body, ripe dark gruits, decent balance, noticeable oak and smooth tannins, should drink well for 5-10 years. Excellent.
November 25, 2013 - Not as impressive compared to the restaurant purchase last year. Needed a solid 1:30 decant time. Much better as time evolved. By the 2nd day it was as remembered.
November 3, 2013 - I just had the wonderful experience of taste testing this with Shafer's other 2009 Relentless and Merlot. Each was greatly appreciated.
October 13, 2013 - Popped and poured; no decanting; opened up over time with dinner; nice balance and great dark fruit. Touch of vanilla nicely integrated.
Got a lot of life left; should be beautiful in another 2 years.