From memory. Decanted for 2 hrs. Dark Ruby to the eye. Initial coffee grinds on nose goes away at 2 hrs to reveal fruit. Overall more closed, less expressive than 2004 had a year ago but time did soften and bring forward fruit and old world effects I am hoping for.
Very dark color. Ripe nose of dark fruit, licorice and plum. Not oxidative but reminds you as much of an AUS Shiraz or a new world CabSav. The palate is very dense and fruity. There are lots of tannins in the background which are a bit angular but given the spades fruit pose no problem, at least for my palate. Overall aromatically a bit simple.
Cedar and berry aroma upon opening but shut down quickly. 30 minute decant was too short. Even after an hour the wine was closed. Tannins were prominent as was the acidity. Dark dark cherry fruit but it was in the background. Licorice and dark cherry finish. Think it will be better in a year or two.
Brimming with ripe dark cherries, blackberries, damp earth, licorice and tar. This is full-bodied and muscular with a juicy core of concentrated fruits. This finishes up long, but with a tart edge. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. (Best through 2018)
Still rockin'. Needed an hour or more of air. Full bodied. Tannins still fairly strong. I'll give this one at least another 2-3 years before I open my second bottle. Fruit is prune, ripe blackberry and you could tell this was from a warm ripe vintage. Acidity is good to add balance. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle, it was a little too ripe for my taste. Much prefer 2004.
Brought to a wine dinner along with the 2006 Vigna d'Alceo. Decanted about 3 hours. Paired perfectly with Veal Tenderloin. Excellent as always and stood up extremely well to the Vigna d'Alceo and some preferred this. Drinking extremely well with a balance of power and elegance. One more in the cellar and will wait as long as I can before trying again.
Extremely tight even after 8 years. Lower than average acidity makes me worried if it will ever gets to open up enough. I drank part of the bottle he next day, still could benefit from oxidation! I would wait another 3-4 years before I try it again.
Big nose, big fruit, dark cherries, tobacco, leather and earth backed by an impressive tannin structure and acidity. This is a big powerful wine, it is ready to drink now and will age well for at least 10-15 more years
Very seductive nose. Incredible amounts of dried tobacco, cassis, dark fruits, and raspberries. Still a very young wine, its best to either wait on this bottle or decant for multiple hours. Even after 5.5 hours decant, it's still very tannic, but shows great great promise for maturing into a superstar. Lots of stewed raspberries, leather, and forest floor essence are the key aspects of this wine.
ripe, jammy nose along with licorice, cassis, and sweet dark fruit nuances that flow from the glass. Full-bodied and long on the palate, full and rich, with lots of sweet fruit and a silky, caressing palate.
This wine has a rich deep purple color, with a nose that is boasting of dark fruit, tobacco, and earth. The palate is intense with dark fruits, cherries, a very slight hint of licorice, which pleasantly last through the finish.
Flock - Super Tuscan Tasting (Bob and Ann's): Full nose is rich, big and blunt with dark roasted fruit, spice and smoke. Big and rich of the palate with plenty of underlying acidic cut. Persistent and very long with lots of firm tannins gripping, but not clamping down the palate. Long spicy finish shows more roasted fruit. Very young. Group's #4, My #8. I underrated this one.
Wineflock - Super Tuscan's (Bob & Ann's): Gropu #4, My #5 - Full deep red/purple color. Big rich jammy black fruit nose iwth a hint of sweet tart. Big sweet tart black fruit and licorice - very ripe and round but furm structure. Long puckering finish. 93-94 pts.