What a pleasant surprise, still vibrant, plenty of energy (hate to use this Galloni descriptor) but it fits so well. This wine has plenty of life in it, among the most dark red fruit, think plum we've had in a Brunello in a long long time. I think this wine is now in its drinking prime. A long sweet finish was the perfect ending. Did not decant, basically pop and pour over a 2 hour dinner. Wish we had more.
2 bottles, both with about 30 minutes of decanting each. On opening was treated to a big nose of rich fruit that easily cut through what you would expect at a big, busy prime steakhouse. I was a little concerned this wine was young, first taste put that to rest. Wine was dark in color, lots of rich dark fruit, not too fruity and not too earthy. Essentially perfect in every way. And the finish kept on going. As the evening progressed and the decant time lengthened this wine kept opening to reveal more richness. This was a perfect blend. Can easily understand the scores it got, don't know why I gave it a 97, not sure what could have been better.
This is a Pinot only Herman Story could get away with. Alcohol @ 15.4%, fruit bomber all the way, plum, strawberry some funk,big juicy mouth feel, but clearly a Pinot on steroids. An experiment gone right for HS aficionados. The absolute perfect mid-week drinker. Going to call Russell and order some more, this will be a sell-out.