November 4, 2013 - Beautiful wine. Needed decanting at least an hour before consumption. Very long legs. Lots of raspberry, cassis and blackberry flavours both in the nose and palate. Almost syrup like levels. Very silky texture and a finish that lasts around half a minute. Consumed on it's own.
October 15, 2012 - Seriously good wine. Drinking very nicely now. Let it breathe and the rewards will come. Big blackberry fruit and a ton of raspberry too. Just delicious as to be expected from Clarendon Hills.
December 10, 2011 - Still excellent, consistent with previous tasting note. Lots of extracted fruit. New world style for sure, which is not my everyday preference, but I do enjoy that type on occasion and regret that this was my last bottle of this excellent offering.
October 1, 2011 - Needs 1.5 hours for this wine to shine; out of the bottle very alcoholic but it totally settles down. Pleasant and ripe, drinking nicely but can still evolve with another year or two. Blueberries, blackberries to me. A hint of smokiness on the finish. Good stuff.
July 24, 2011 - Whoa. Bottle variation was an issue in the last bottle, but this specific bottle rang bright and true like a clear bell. Opulent dark purple velevt in the glass with excellent viscosity. The nose is ripe blackberries, muddled with cedar and spice and all things nice!! The palate is rich with berry compote goodness, but not overly sweet. The mid-palate has multipe levels of flavor, and the finish sings on for 30-45 sec. Just a woonderful bottle of Grenache, and nice path change from Syrah, and in perfect form to drink right now.
July 4, 2011 - Pulled for the Dinner with Dan; to offer some new world rhone comparison to the syrah's opened for the occasion. Who doesn't like a little Grenache? Little concerned as we opened the capsule to some seepage around the edge of the cork. Cork pulled smartly, with a pop. Some notes of oxidation at first, but this did blow off. After 1-2 hours this opened, and offered much of what we experienced in our last tasting of this bottling from CH. In the glass, this is Red Opal dark, but not opaque. It offers some rich bramble berry fruit, spice, and eucalyptus action. This presents well on the palate, coating well with the fruit and a little Halls cough drop on the back end. This was not hot, and over 2 hours evolved quite nice. I still think the last bottle we had in Feb was better. Will chalk up to bottle variation, as we have one more bottle of this vintage to try later. The nice thing is that this bottle looses none of it's vigor. Like their Syrah, the old vine has some length to it. Still plan to drink this year. Salut!
June 24, 2011 - CellarTracker Wisconsin June 2011; 6/24/2011-6/25/2011 (Madison, WI- various venues): Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Big fruity nose. On the palate, it has a lot of fruit and sweetness but also some leather. The finish is a bit overshadowed by some looming heat.
June 24, 2011 - CellarTracker Wisconsin Offline I - Part One (Madison, WI): WIML92+/-?
Tasted non blind at a wine dinner.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of tobacco, cocoa, black berries and plums. Flavors of berries, cherries and a hint of blueberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
June 24, 2011 - CT Wisconsin Offline; 6/24/2011-6/25/2011 (Madison, WI): This seemed overly alcoholic, ripe and simple. Need to retaste. Not scored.
March 27, 2011 - More impressed than I expected, needs an hour plus to open up, the raspeberry liqueur is very present, but well balanced. Nice wine. Not crazy over the top as it was a couple years ago.