Opened y/day, reitasting today with proper temp and stem. Very solid. Has a plump quality to it, with supporting fruit of cherry and pomegranate and pine. There is a tart note that traces with the fruit but this wine is not lean or thin, but it does have acid, a good amount of it, along with a stable/leather note that is just faint enough to add some cool nuance. Feels like old world burg with the tart, earthy notes and new world SMV with the plump, fruit flush side to it. Drinks fine to me now but has plenty of guts and frame to keep ion trucking for another 5 years I am sure.
Day 2 - Central Coast Tastings (Central Coast, CA): Nose was prickly, with some pomegranate and cranberry. The palate was a bit angular and it seemed like the alcohol peaked through a bit too much. The cranberries and pomegranate were really intense (fueled by the alcohol). Either in a tough place now, or the fruit can't deal with the alcohol levels.
What a nice find from our recent visit to the tasting room. Smells rocky, with bright red fruit, black cherry, plum, bing cherry and pomegranate. The same rocky note is also in the finish, too. This was impressive and I re-tasted it 3-4 times over the course of the visit and it just kept getting better. Brought home a couple for the cellar, too.