Pours deep dark amber. On the nose, orange zest, coffee and roasted nuts. On the palate, candied nuts, candied oranges, tangerine, coffee. Tastes sweet or dry depending on what you're eating with it. The acidic finish goes on forever and makes you want to have another almond.
Magnificent complexity: You can seek out different flavors depending on what "angle" you're approaching it from. Every sip has new surprises.
This bottle stayed open for 6 months with little or no deterioration.
Santa Cruz Mountains Day 2 (Rhys, Big Basin, Plumed Horse): Tasted non blind at a restaurant. The bottle was PnP'd. Nice aromas of caramel, citrus and a hint of spice. More of the same on the palate with a very long and slightly nutty finish. Very enjoyable. I dont have much experience with this wine and would have loved to see how it evolved over the evening but just had one glass.
Opened and decanted a 1/3 of the bottle about an hour prior to consumption. The wine's aromatics make an immediate impression while decanting. After pouring, the aromatics offer lemon, orange, toffee, caramel, nutmeg, allspice, floral, walnut and almond notes. The bouquet is expressive, detailed and complex. The color is a medium to dark caramel. The palate shows residual sugar that is balanced by the assertive acidity. This wine was bottled in 2006.