the wine is progressing nicely to maturity. Still young and vibrant with all of the taste characteristics pointed out by others. Flavors and structure are much more integrated now. In another few months this should be hitting its stride.
Great QPR. Big dark fruits dominate, earthy forest floor, oak, caramel toffee notes. nice soft mouth feel, tannins are in balance. It seems a bit disjointed right now with a little too much oak coming thru, but with time this should mellow and blend together nicely. Overall a really enjoyable and interesting wine.
Tasted alongside Three 09 and St Francis 06 Mourvedre. This is a lot like the Three 09 when I tasted it a year ago: Nose of red fruit, baking spice, earth, oak, meat, hint of floral. Taste picks up some plum and dark fruit and stoney minerality. Medium acidity and tannins. Nice balance, medium body and long finish. Right now, the 09 is showing higher tannins, no plum, no earth/meat/minerality - apparently closing up a bit before a hoped-for re-opening in a year or two (at least according to Mourvedre description per Tablas Creek website). At this time, the St. Francis seems flatter (less acidic) and less complex. The SF was better and more complex 6 months ago. Conclusion: these wines evolve a lot in the bottle! The 2010 is drinking quite nicely now.
I agree with other reviews that the wine is young. Initially tasted without food and found the tannins to be mellow and the palate to be heavy on the earth. Decanted and sipped with steak dinner and found the wine to be very pleasant. The wine looks Crimson colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Forest floor, Mushroom, Game, and Burnt Match.