Consistent with the prior 5 bottles, good>very good, with excellent purity of fruit and fresh, cool acids. In its peak plateau now, this simply requires a 60 minute aeration in decanter before it's firing on all cylinders. Oak and EtOH fully integrated; good by itself, better with food. 14,5% abv., recommended
consistent with prior bottles: earthy, rustic, lively, a touch savory. Medium-bodied with plenty of fresh acids. Excellent value at just $25. Classic styling, solid typicity; oak fully integrated. 14,5% abv (fully resolved), drink thru 2017
In the sweet spot of its plateau. Showing great structure, but also quite approachable with just a splash decant. Lovely aromas of white and red floral, under-ripe blackberry, soil. Medium-bodied, with acids and tannins that frame the purity of the fruit such that this easily fights above its price-point. A joy to drink; more for the traditionalist than the modernist, but by no means entirely so. 14,5% abv is well integrated, recommended, thru 2017
Beautifully aromatic red/black fruit nose. Fully integrated tannins (at peak IMHO), juicy enough to buffer them well. Lasting finish of bergamot and red currant. Very nice; sot of a new world meets old world vibe going. Threw a fair bit of sediment at bottom of bottle, which perhaps could lead to the dryness others mention, so let it stand upright and/or use a decanter.
Slow-O 3 hours, served non-blind. Another excellent showing. Effusive red and white (lilac, jasmine) aromas dominate at first, with the fruit coming to the fore after 5 minutes in the glass. Expensive oak, very pure fruit and gushing acids. Still somewhat tight, and very fresh, this has just entered its preferred drinking window, where it will no doubt remain for the next 5 years. I've have 4 bottles left, with the idea that I'll open one each year until they're gone. 14,5% is mostly resolved, aeration in decanter is advised. Classy drop, highly recommended
Nose of camphor and citrus; on the palate, red fruit and a bit of spice; whatever tannins were here are fully integrated. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. I don't think it will age, but otherwise this is excellent for the price.
PnP, served non-blind, at cellar temp. Nearly opaque, no sign of age. Aromas of graphite, animale, cedar, dust, red floral perfume. At once rustic, then just a few seconds later, complex, with bright raspberry infused with blackberries and roasted plums. Medium-full bodied, well lifted, with firm, grippy tannins. A wine I can respect, a wine with soul. Above-average finish, and overall complexity. Some more mid-palate development and depth would be nice, but at $25, I'm not going to complain. Perhaps a year away from a greater level of harmony that it's no doubt capable of achieving. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2017, recommended, (and re-ordered)