Jumps out of the glass with layers of dark fruit, cherries, some red fruits, minerals, spices and some dark chocolate. Pretty full body and very dense, but with some acidity and tannins adding structure. It's an "in-your-face" kind of wine, but really well made. It's fun to drink a glass or two... but it should develop some more complexity to get a higher rating.
Opened for 1 hour and drank over two days. Very dark purple color. This 2008 offers a bouquet made of barnishes, red ripe fruit, laurel and more balsamic aromas along with a medicine note and mocha. On palate it's a bit dry, still with present tannins. It's powerful, meaty and medium to full bodied, with kirsh liquor. It finishes with a long red liquor fruit flavour. I feel it just a bit monolithic on mid palate and probably it has a bit too much "fat". It showed better on day to. 91+
black, the nose has that stewed prune smell, with spice and herb, this wine is big, really big, and hot, there is a gutsy berry-laden palate, which is deep in dark fruit and smoky, very big and modern Priorat-like, probably needs more time, I feel there is a lack of balance with this wine as it lacks elegance, nice with a beefy tomato soup though, much better with food
Popped and used a Vinturi; at Fat Greek. Purple and garnet. Charcoal, blackberry, potato skin, red licorice and loam. Plush and magnetic, this shows a lot of finesse. Balance is soooo tiring to say, however, this is. Not too over-the-top and has the stuffing to age. Drink now - 2018.
Opened for two hours. Nice dark ruby color. On nose shows intense fresh red fruit aromas, balsamic, wet forrest floor, eucalyptus. In palate has a soft entry that becomes a bit astringent, noticiable tannins, good acidity, very fruity and medium bodied. Very long finish, mainly of red fruit. This was my first Laurel and despite the hard edges on palate, showed beautifully, specially on nose and finish.
I really liked this bottle. Lots of red fruit - some sweet red fruit, but also some cranberry. Deep, dark, teeth-staining wine. Some smoke and spice. I liked it well enough to go back to Binny's and buy another bottle.
My first go at the '08. Off the cork pull seems more restrained than previous vintages, without the five spice powder thing that I associate with massive amounts of new French oak. I kinda miss it. But again, the cork was just pulled. We shall see.
Good, but very oaky. Dark purple color. Seems like it may have enough concentration of fruit to allow some oak to absorb with age, but the tannins, while present, are not overly aggressive. Gut impression: 88-89.