Harmonious and balanced wine. Spicy, licorice and smoke on the palate. Extracted and succulent, near maturity with sharp acidity and gentle tannins. Great aromatic intensity, with oak only a minor component. Profundity of flavor and depth, and awesomely enjoyable wine.
Wow, so much better than the 2002. This is what Clos Erasmus should be. Rich fruit, powerful in body, long finish. Its heady but hey, I guess I shouldn't complain. Hot on the finish too. Distracts from the length.
Gorgeous wine. A decade old and still a youthful dark red in color with a slightly lighter rim. Fragrant on the nose with plums, cranberries and violets. The palate is dense with added notes of stones, smoke and iron. Complexity to burn, with a detailed mineraly finish. The tannis are fine and silky but still quite evident. My only complaint is the alcohol, which is ever so slightly noted. Drinking great now but given the fruit and fine tannins, this should easily go for another decade. So much better than a bottle I had last year, which was surely off.
Tons of character and extraction. Plenty of alcohol too, but reasonably well hidden behind fluid minerals and chewy super sweet fruit. Still young and vibrant with powerful acidity and tannins. Charming juice, in its prime, and lots of life ahead.
Iberian Dinner (w/ Clos Erasmus) @ Home (CT): Not sure if this was a representative bottle, as it seemed flat, dull and somewhat one dimensional. Hints of wet wool? This showed more fruit on day 2, but overall a disappointment. Not rated.
Whew. Glorious wine. Lots of garrigue, herbs and mint. The first Clos Erasmus I have ever had that shows its hand in an open and expressive manner. I guess when they finally get around to aging out they are beautiful. As this one was. Glad to have more. I would say begin drinking now but there is no reason to tear through your entire batch -- there are many years ahead.
Dark, showing no signs of age. Very perfumed, almost viscous, complex nose with herbs, cherries and more. Full, silky, first a touch sweetish and obviously high in alcohol on the palate, but then coming into its own balance. Cherry and strawberry with cream and pepper, very long. Extremely long aftertaste, cream and strawberry again, almost too sweet, but with some slightly refreshing aspects. Despite the dominating "new world/fruit bomb" stereotypical characteristics in the description, the wine did have another dimension making it more interesting than just big.
WWJD? (Fort Collins): Dark and billowing bouquet of currant, menthol, camphor, perfume, flowers, licorice. Fairly tight but opening with some air, this was a truly fabulous bottle of wine. Stunning spiciness, earth, herbs, minerals. The nose and palate were absolutely layered with nuance and character. Something new to discover each time I went back for a sniff. Some guessed Cab, Syrah, Grenache. I guessed Priorat, suspected it might be an Erasmus.
This bottle was produced with some fanfare as a critically-acclaimed wine. There were a few approving comments, but most did not say much after tasting it. Perhaps this bottle was not representative, but it looked to be in good condition. Deep color, non-descript cab-type nose. This wine had a weedy-vegetal nose and palate. I would never guess that this has Garnacha as it seems to be dominated Cab and not in a good way. This seems very unevolved and not at all promising, like an off-bottle of Sassacaia. If you own it, I recommend giving it as a gift to those who appreciate numbered ratings.
I had this bottle about 2 years ago and decided to try it again tonight. The results were the same. On the nose, dust, clove, Amaretto and menthol. On the palate there are bitter, drying tannins, alcohol and raisins. The wine was very linear and did not evolve at all over the course of 7 hours.
Opened for David's 50th birthday party. And because I was bored, sitting around, waiting for something to happen. Open at 12:30. Shows that dramatic spice, clove and chinese powder which I have repeated seen from Laurel. Allot more backing red fruit and apple and pear. Jesus this is a curious complex thing. Very grippy. We shall see how this goes! 7 hours later it was still a massive powerful thing that had still not quite given everything it has. I will sit on this one for a couple more years and then try again. A serious wine. If you can find it at its opening price of $125 it is a hell of a bargin.
Wineflock - Clos Erasmus Vertical (Bob's): Group #2, My #2 - Full deep red color. Lovely bright briar red fruit nose. Mmmn, big rich complex chewy lush black and red fruits with bit of spice. Great balance. Actually continued to improve in the glass - a good sign! This would have been easy WOTF/WOTN in most tastings like this, but then there was the 04...
Priorat Vertical / Horizontal (Rios d' Sudamerica - Chicago, IL): An all-star wine with the best of all of tonight's Priorats. Big time singing nose that is both powerful and nuanced. Layered palate with concentrated dark fruits, black minerals, smoke and herbs. Totally suave --- sporting major fruit concentration with restraint. High toned, bright fruits that are complex with stoney minerals, herbs and smoke. Seamless and long. Close to perfect.