pop n pour.veri disappointed with tis bttl.not showing enuff of rich fruits here.xpect a little more concentrate n more focus fruits here.tis bttl lack of energy n freshness.its definitely an over price bttl($100 sing).yawn....
Wine Geeks Gathering (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, dark garnet colour. Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with aromas of sweet chocolate, very much like the initial whiff on peeling open a Kit-Kat chocolate bar. Also aromas of ripe dark fruit. On the palate, medium acidity, velvety smooth tannins, full body, long finish. Flavours of chocolate, plush dark fruits - plums and blackberries. Very soft plush mouth-feel with elegance. Ripe fruits and tannins well integrated. I initially thought it was a Right Bank Bordeaux, but as the night wore on and with more air, it started to show a bit more Italian character. Merlot dominant with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious drinking now, smack in the drinking window. Drink up over next 3-4 years. Not as "bullish" as I thought it would be, this prize bull has already calmed down after 15 years of rest.
Blanco brought to share with the Marks & us at Alvins. Dark ruby color, very nice nose of plums, berries and coffee. Very pleasant and soft mouthfeel. Distinctive characteristics of an aged merlot, lots of chocolate notes, plums and other dark fruit. Lots of structure and complexity, integrated nicely with its ripe fruit. Great coffee notes too. Liked this wine a lot, and wish I had some in my cellar.
Drank with friends and family for 52nd birthday dinner at Enoteca Sogno. A powerful but well balanced Merlot at its peak drinking window. Probably merits a higher score but it was consumed by four people in about 30 minutes it was so delicious!
Dark deep red. Hard to approach initially but the wine open up nicely in about two hours and stayed together for a day. Dark cherry and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate shows a good balance of fruit sweetness and acidity, with a touch of charcoal, ripe tannins and moderately long finish. I finished the bottle on second day and the wine pulled together even more. Easily another five years.
Highly opaque, purple, garnet, brown color. A little rim variation and sediment. No flaws. Low earth intensity and medium fruit intensity. Aromas of plum, vanilla, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, herbs, and spices. Dry. Medium acid. Low tannin and alcohol. Medium finish.
Tasted this as part of a blind tasting with friends and this came out #1. Very powerful, huge wine with loads of complexity. Still a lot of structure here, but definitley drinkable now. Very impressed with this. took a good two hours to really show it's stuff.
Aired ½ hour.Reticent nose with some oak and a little damped earth.Vibrant tannins and dark fruit on the palate,but it seemed flat and onedimensional.Harsh finish.Nothing like the previous tasting notes.This was probably a defective bottle so I won´t score it.
A little tired and chalky compared to the '02 I had a while back, but really lovely and refined. Needs a bit of decanting. So different to any california Merlot. I used the '02 in a California blind tasting as a ringer, and it stole the show.
A stunner. Just needs about 30min of breathing to express itself. Shows ripe cherry, licorice, sandalwood, a hint of tobacco, cassis, and leather. Mature, yet totally fresh and with its fruit notes still 100% alive (this is not and never has been a fruit bomb). This still has a long life ... it still has some hints of tannin to sweat.
Beautiful wine that's still drinking young. Took to a blind tasting, and many were confused into thinking that this was a new world wine. Surprising to find an old world Merlot, as it shows tremendous concentrated fruit, strong structure and a long finish of dark currant and anise. Even a blueberry nose...truly a find. Would like to find more.
Drank this for the first time three years ago. Could have easily waited another three years. Herbal bouquet with spice and dark fruit. Plum, dark cherry and anise can all be picked up on the finish. Still very firm tannins.... should have been more patient!
Dinner with Denise and Michael at my place. This is a big wine that it certainly big on tannins but overall a bit closed on fruit. It came off hollow in the middle. Having recently tasted the 2001, the two are night and day and I suspect that a few years of bottle age is what’s required here.
Dinner w/ basecadet & steve8 (Home): Dark ruby colour. Aromas of cinnamon, dark fruit, plums, spice. Medium-bodied, delicious, showing great fruit, cocoa, dark plum, cherry, and herbs on the palate. Moderate finish, 35s, with dark fruit.
This was a huge wine. I decanted for 1 1/2 hours and at first taste, very acidic. It did soften slightly over the meal. Has a beautiful ink color and typica merlot aroma, lot of fruit with a touch ov Tar and tobacco. worked very well with a grilled steak but very overwhelming alone.
Kavana Wine Tasting: Varietals around the world (Seattle, WA): Cherries and some roasted earth on the nose with a slightly herbal personality. The palate is a bit sweet on entry with fierce, almost puckering tannins. Baked cherry pie is the resonating flavor. The finish is nearly overwhelmed by the tannins. Seems like this could use a number of years to continue mellowing or some food to really buffer it.
This was being poured last weekend at a free Italian wine tasting. It was being offerred for $45. I liked this wine much better this time around for some reason. Concentrated and on the acidic side. medium to full bodied with tart black cherry notes. 91-92 points.