December 25, 2016 - Decanted out of wine fridge at 61° the complexity after an hour to two of drinking has mellowed. Great velvety smooth texture that just hangs on your tongue.
November 30, 2016 - In a really great place, especially with food. Lots of dark fruit with a savory undertone. The tannins have smoothed out a bit, but there's still plenty of structure to see it through several more years of fine drinking.
October 19, 2016 - Another home run! Dark red full body wine with excellent nose. Blackberry and cherry fruit filled your mouth. Nice finish. This wine will only get better over the next few years.
March 30, 2016 - PnP, sampled, decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking. Definitely improved with decant!
Somewhat different from the 2009. This had more structure & malbec character. I preferred the 2009.
Very aromatic -- draws you in (although the taste is a step down from this lure!)
Luscious, full bodied merlot, juicy!, dried fruit, spice, tar, earth, bramble, with robust mouthfeel. Firm yet somewhat silky tannins.
Drank for wife's birthday.
Me - 91, Wife - 92/93
February 18, 2016 - Started to open up more an hour after opening. Better than last bottle
January 22, 2016 - Excellent, giving without sweetness
December 24, 2015 - Decanted 2+ hours and served with beef stew & polenta main dish. Drinking very well now. On the nose, powerful fruit (more dark than red, currants) with an earthy undertone. Similar on the palate, with a wow factor, with its structure and medium-full body. Good value for a higher-end merlot and even relative to what else $60 could get you in Ohio.
December 24, 2015 - Decanted for three hours before service. In the glass, inky indigo. On the nose, forest, plums, and currants. On the palate, blue fruits, plums, and earthy notes in the background, with an assertive tannic finish. This clearly needs more time in the cellar, perhaps 3-5 years to begin to wake up.
October 23, 2015 - Decanted 1.5 hours.
Nose of strawberry and blackberry compote. Spices
Medium, chewy tannins on the mid palate.
Tastes of pine needles, red and black cherries. Bittersweet baking chocolate.
Has quite a long life ahead of it.
August 1, 2015 - Thanks to Coravin, I opened the 2010 merlot about 6 months ago for a couple of glasses, and decided to leave the rest for later. Glad I did: wow, with just another 6 months bottle age, my previous impression changed dramatically... no astringency this time around, very nice aromas of dark fruit in a deep forest after a rain, integrated / structured tannins, lingering and mouthwatering long finish. A very nice bold wine that for me is just now starting to come into maturity.