Giving this wine a 90 right now mostly based on potential because it's a tannic beast currently. Probably closer to an 87 now but I can see it rating closer to 92 in a few years. Concentrated but a little disjointed with nice fruit and subtle hints of green notes and very tannic dry finish. As with most mountain fruit a few extra years in the cellar is definitely called for on this wine. I think the patience will pay off with this wine and it will exceed its price point in a few years in quality.
Blackberry jam submerged under a layer of damp clay soil, frosted over with cocoa powder. Chewy and extracted as you would expect from California, but there is some edge to the slightly dusty, plummy, dark berry juice and a grippy, spicy finish. ★
This wine was enjoyed today at the boss' place. This wine was vinturied into a decanter. As it opened up, it showed a darker side. On the pour was a dark red wine, almost black. Nose of cassis, blackthorn, molasses, black cherry. On the palate was a brambly blackberry, thorny, with a hint of caramel in the front. This wine changed to a nice dark mid-palate of dark chocolate, earth, and pie spice. Finished nice, quite gritty, with a tannic finish that increased as the wine opened up over the hour that it was consumed. Overall, not a bad bottle. I think that the price on it was about 40, so the QPR isn't really all THAT great, but it's certainly not bad. Enjoyed the bottle.