Pleasant, easy drinking wine. Agree with others: cherry, plums and tobacco. Smooth tannins, medium finish. A little disappointed because 07 was a great vintage in Napa and I expected this to be special.
Nice. Plums, pencil shavings, cedar and hints of something minty. The fruit opens up with a little air. The tannins are pretty soft. This probably won't get better with more time in the bottle, but it's still very nice right now. The color is not too deep and shows just the slightest hint of bricking around the edge of the glass. The wine is the tiniest bit foxy, but I don't think it's flawed or corked and it's not unpleasant. Had with a steak and potatoes and was an excellent pairing.
Nice wine. A bit thin on the mouthfeel, a bit astringent and tannic, but much of this blew off after some aeration. Dust and cedar on the front with some mild hints of white pepper and pencil shavings. The fruit is there but it isn't terribly robust. Not a bad bottle but may improve with some additional time.
Slow-O 1 hour, consumed over the following hour. One of the better vintages for this wine in some time. Still, it needs another year or so to soften up and lose some of soapy new oak qualities. For $29 a great value for those that prefer new world wines. Not something I would seek out at any price. Best enjoyed at cellar temp.
Amazing nose of candied currant, smoke, and leather. Great gravelly mouth feel with minerals and cocoa mixing with black cherry on the end. Fruit is definitely secondary on the palate, or at least well integrated to not steal the show. Still probably a little young for my taste. The nose steals the show for me. 90-91 with a little more potential.
Purchased and consumed at a restaurant in West Palm Beach. Reasonably priced at $65. PNP. Nose of black fruit, spice and leather. Similar flavors on the palate with additional veggie components and even a touch of mint. Smooth finish of medium length. If scoring 88-90.
Much better than previous bottles from this multi-bottle purchase earlier in the year. Previous bottles were good. This one was very good. I decanted for close to two hours. This may have made the difference. Integrated, complex and smooth. I'll leave the various subjective tastes of this and that to others. Very good for the sub $30 price.
18th Annual Central Carolina Food & Wine Festival (Medallion Center, Columbia, SC.): This is my first taste of this somewhat famous wine outside of the tasting room in almost a decade. My first impression was the dark and concentrated deep blue color. The blend almost automatically brings some complexity on the nose and palate. Starting with the nose, all kinds of things are happening, smoke, leather, black tea, violets, brown spice, and of course big dark fruit. As it it hits the lips, there is a seamless transition of the fruit and non fruit items that are well integrated, and to their credit, not overly oaked. Not huge, just solid and elegant. Very balanced and smooth, I think the extra bottle age has helped round things out. The fruit is almost restrained. There is no doubt about the 14.5% alcohol, but it works. Nice dry finish with graphite, cocoa, leather and dark cherry.
Tasted a bottle today at a liquor store event. This wine is VERY tight and will improve greatly with some bottle age and decanting/aeration. Very well-structured and good fruit but I'd wait at least a year or two before opening my own bottle.