Alec's Blend was one of my first wine loves as I got into it several years ago. It was always really, really big, but this '07 seems to have mellowed. I'm in aggreeance (Southern term) with Cuellarstyle on all but that my bottle seems to have medium acidity, to my taste. I might not be getting as much fruit either, and I'm certainly not getting all the smoke and leather that I used to get with Alec's blend. It seems much more balanced now, and not as much of a punch in the face. To me, that's a bit of a disappointment. To others, the more refined status of this is probably welcomed. Still a great bottle, though. Cheers!
A great bottle, and perfectly ready to drink. The wine looks inky colored. The legs are medium. There is heavy sediment in the bottle. It smells like strawberry, blackberry and blueberry. It tastes like strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry and raspberry. The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
Inky color. Aromas of lavender, black fruit, spice and vanilla- wow there is a ton of oak in this wine (well, in most of the wines in this flight truthfully). Black fruit, vanilla and spice becoming more sour and ripe and it sits. Not my style of wine. Guessed Syrah.
Flavors of maraschino cherry, leather, eucalyptus, camphor, plum and smoky, toasted oak. Medium-full body and moderate tannins with some alcohol heat on the finish. Nice complexity of flavors but a bit too much oak for me.
drank at dinner w/ '07 Hudson Syrah ... Alec was very good, but just not as enjoyable as the Hudson. Both are really well balanced and big mouthfuls of flavor. Really enjoyed both and they were a bit hit at the dinner ... both were preferred over Two Hands Syrah '07
Decanted about 2 hours. Deep, dark purple color. Blackberries, wood smoke, licorice, vanilla, blueberries, wild flowers, and dried herbs on the warm and inviting nose. Medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and good acidity. Loads of spicy berries and oak on the palate. Nice length on the finish which shows a bit of oak and alcohol. Nice but the oak and alcohol show themselves a bit too much.
This is a good wine, but I find that my palette is evolving. Here you get lots of alcohol (15%), good concentration, and power. However there is little nuance and finesse. Tasting the wine a few years ago, I was impressed. Today, I am not blown away. Pursue if you are into New Wolrd wines and have a juicy fatty rib eye steak to pair with it.
Popped and poured - after drinknig, I think a decant was in order. Dark fruits in the aroma. Jammy taste, but it has that alcohol / hot taste that is not very appealing. Not sure if this would come together with some more time or not. This bottle definitely did not present itself as a good QPR based on the $60 price from the winery.
Decanted about an hour and a half. Deep, dark, inky purple color. Blackberries, smoky embers, dried herbs, vanilla, and licorice on the nose. Fairly full bodied with solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Rich and plush on the palate with loads of spicy fruit. Tannins really kick in at the end. Fairly long finish that is betrayed by a touch too much oak. Very enjoyable but not very complex and a bit too much oak.
Amazing that such an expensive wine is such a cookie cutter, overoaked, one-dimensional wine. Honestly, you can find $8 wines with the exact same flavor profile of toasty oak and vanilla. For God's sake, I couldn't even taste the fruit in this wine! I'm glad someone else brought this wine -- I'd shoot myself if I paid $50 for this plonk.