Poured through vinturi into decanter. Four hours in the decanter versus first impressions aren't all that different. Hits you with some bright, sweet fruit immediately but only for a split second, you have to pay attention to get it. It then transforms into dark bitterness, and transforms is the correct word, because the entire time this wine is in your mouth the flavor is constantly changing. The mouthfeel at first is very gritty, but decanting time softens it. It isn't what I'd call "velvety," but softer. The finish is long and this wine just sticks to your mouth and makes it extremely dry. The finish keeps hanging around and after 25-30 seconds you start to taste some bright fruit again, almost strawberry-like. This wine is almost puzzling and hard to rate but a wonderful experience. And $18 a bottle, what a steal! Glad I grabbed 8. Loved it! If Some Days Are Diamonds is this good, how good can its brother Charlie's Patch be? Can't wait to find out! Note: If you're not a fan of very heavy, dark fruit, somewhat bitter wines, this isn't for you. A non-wine drinking friend took a sip and cringed at the palate.
Popped and aerated into decanter. A little bit of heat right away, but overall, pretty smooth. Tasted blackberries, pencil lead, dark chocolate and coffee, and dark fruits. Within the first few hours it had a long finish, and I felt like this wine deserved a higher than 88 score. However, with air time, the complexity and flavor of the wine really diminished. Maybe this shouldn't hurt the score, but for me, it really diminished the overall experience of the wine, leaving me feeling it was rather one-dimensional. Not bad for an everyday wine, though, if you like dark, heavy cab.