What a difference a year makes. Popped and poured. It is now well integrated with black cherry and au jus dominating. Full bodied, good finish, smooth tannins. Not sure what will happen from here but will wait for a while to see.
Tasted an hour after decanting. Big and seductive nose of ripe fruit, mineral, tar and anise. Same mix on the palate. Blackberry and black raspberry fruit. This is a lush and powerful wine. It is also smooth and delicious. Time has been kind here, not so much to add complexity as to allow integration and mellowing. Excellent.
Decanted 10 hours prior to tasting along with the 2011 Remnant 22. First of all, the Remnant showed so very little it was sent back to bed. This bottle proved to be soft and graceful, if simple. Very light, alcohol tinged bouquet. Light, creamy texture with berries that have retained freshness along with cocoa and dried flowers, also tinged with alcohol. Comfortable, even kind of pretty, but it refused to make a statement, stylish without depth.
Much more powerfully structured than vertigo or oubile, and I think it's done a world of good. The tannins are massive, but ripe and combine with excellent acid in balancing blueberries, blackberries, plums, black pepper, and thyme/bay. It's still pretty hot, and the tannins overwhelm the finish of what should be featuring the ripe fruit. But what the hell, it's still very young. Hang onto it for another 4-5 years.
A big, big wine in which the powerful, extracted fruit does not overwhelm and stays in balance with the tannins, minerality, and earthiness. Decanted for four hours and funneled back into the bottle. Dark purple in the glass. Blend of Syrah (79%), Petit Verdot (19%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%).
Lucious texture, rich round black rasberry fruit. A huge wine, hedonistic, finishing long and sweet. Acid and tannin are not apparent, but enough is obviously present to counter balance such outsized fruit. There's a pretty underlying talc like minerality and floral notes in the finish. Great stuff.
Very dark in the glass with a gorgeous nose of purple flowers, baking spices, blackberries and cherries. The palate is medium in weight, cool, stone and charcoal flavors. The fruit is ripe but not huge, which I would prefer. Performed like a cooler climate syrah, shockingly. No oak I could find.