Michael Butler's enthusiastic recommendation. Light, clear red--no hint of purple here. Dramatic and heady aromas of herbs but definitely not green or weedy: more like a mixed bouquet of fresh herbs left standing in a jar of water that fills a room with scent. Wild. Very interesting. On the palate, much less "herbal"--red fruits in the strawberry vein, even hinting at sweetness. Fairly mild tannins. Not a "big" wine, even at 14% alc., perhaps at its most enjoyable right now (though I can't be sure about that). Thumbs up on this suggestion. Well out of the ordinary.
Immensely impressive. Completely amber, the color of whisky. Heady, sweet aromas of burnt sugar and golden raisins steeped in wine. Honeyed on the palate yet with an unfaded acidic edge that keeps everything incredibly lively. Might look fatigued but it's anything but. A special Mother's Day treat.
My last bottle and there's no question I wish I had more. Not so pale now. An utterly unusual, though quite pleasant, aroma that calls to my mind something more like rock dust than it does any fruit or flower. Different but good (and I mean different compared to all the other Briords I've had--atypical). The palate is lemony rocks. Still going very strong. Looks like I bought only five bottles of this, which was a bit shortsighted. Very, very good.
5/22/2013 4:46:00 PM - Really enjoy reading your notes! If you ever find yourself between Seattle and Vancouver BC, I'd love to have you for a drink with our friendly local wine group. Looks like we drink similar wines.