From magnum. This was in pretty good shape despite the heat damage. Cork had been compromised, but no oxidation, just leakage. Kept getting better throughout the night. Great wine for Thanksgiving dinner. Medium bodied, great with food, fruit kept coming out in waves.
Deep Color that looks to slowly be transitioning from purple to red. Closed immediately after opening but really seems to get better after 2-3 hours in the decanter. Lots of fruit on the nose, green pepper and spice on the palate(maybe a little old world leather flavor as well), and a decent finish. I look forward to seeing how this evolves over the next two days. Unless it falls apart tomorrow night I will be in no rush to drink my other bottle.
Really drinking well. I'll probably hold my last 06' until at least next year. Peter is a fantastic winemaker, his retirement makes me sad every time I open up one of his bottles. The victory is always a solid bottle!
A nice wine..some might say too young but I don't think so, seemed wide open to me. Fruit forward nice fruit a hint of herbs the group felt it was a bit too sweet I had to agree. Was up against some stiff competition.
Even more delicious than I remember. Perfect with roasted beef tenderloin and a dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Bright fruit, cherry, a little leather, maybe a hint of anise, super smooth. Can't say enough good things about this wine!
Pop 'n pour. Wine is a dark, inky purple. Notes are very similar to my previous bottle. Aromas of dark fruit upfront, some vanilla coming through. Nice acidity to balance out the fruit. Gains a bit of complexity with time in the glass. Definitely decant if you want this to reach its potential. Opened this too soon, will hold my remaining bottles for another 3+ years.
Edit: Bumped this up a couple of points. The wine was drinking much better on nights 2-3. Flavors had integrated much more.
Notes from Day 2 (recorked but not refrigerated last night): Deep ruby color, lots of dark red fruit on the nose, picking up a hint of cloves as well. More aromatic and open than last night, the notes of cherry cola have receded into the background. Fruit upfront but nicely balanced with a good bit of acidity. A little vegetal/green on the mid-palate with vanilla undertones. Tannins are present but not overwhelming. Long finish that is a combination of sour cherry and tobacco. This is a complex wine that probably needs a couple more years to really come together. Can't wait to revisit these periodically over the next decade.
One of the most perfect Bordeaux blends to come out of CA that I've ever had. Surpasses Iron Horse's BDX-3. Will age tremendously, but very difficult to not drink right now. Balanced red fruit with good acidity. No alcohol heat. Tannins are already pretty soft, can't wait to see how this will drink in a few years.
Decanted. Initial smell and initial taste were very one-note (fruit) and closed. Let it sit for an hour and returned. Taste was much deeper, with a solid fruit flavor, but balanced well with a spicy finish and good acid. Hints of minerals were present, but the wine was not extremely complex. Somewhat hot, but not overpowering, and it decreased over time. Paired very well with spicy, dry-rubbed pork ribs. I'm glad I've got more bottles.
After hearing so much about this Reserve blend, I was excited to try it, and it's possible I just got a bad bottle, but here goes: Decanted for a few hours before tasting. Color has beautiful purple hues, and the nose has some currant, tobacco and leather. I'm not disappointed by the nose, but not ecstatic either, as something seems a little "off." I take a taste and realize that this wine is extremely disjointed. HARSH is an understatement! Alcohol kick is on another level and mouth feel is so gritty I can barely swallow it. Mid palate gives off leather and tobacco, with no fruit at all. Horrible, harsh finish to close this out. I'm sure Mr. Wellington makes great vino, but this was just awful. The cork was not moldy, and the bottle was not corked, so I'm not quite sure what the deal is, but I know this isn't my cup of tea. Maybe with 10 years of aging it will be better.
In general I agree with cmaldoon's note - very nice bouquet, mouthfeel, and tannins. I would add: 1) the fruit was restrained but still present; 2) on first pour the heat was noticeable, but this was resolved by a ~1 hour decant; 3) the finish was shorter than I expected. I think this would be a 90+ with another year or two in the bottle, which I intend to give my other bottles. I would absolutely buy again.
Great blend of varietals. Not a big or heavy wine, but not wimpy by any means. Had with some Italian foods and it was well received by the rest in the party that drank it. Saving the next bottle for a year or two, should be even better!
Deep purplish garnet red color. Redfruits and spice on the nose. Medium to full bodied but not mouthcoating. Good acid balance to the fruit and a medium backbone of fine tannins. This is a very balance wine drinking well now if you enjoy a bit of tannin. Should soften nicely over the next 5 years. Beautiful to my tastes right now. 93 points