We are so glad we scored a case of this wine back in 2011 because it continues to develop and grow new aspects. Almost brutish at first, it has gone through successive phases of power and submission, overt and introvert, all the time developing depth and complexity within what is a fundamentally complex and muscular wine. Currently, medium garnet color with the nose displaying a variety of savory aromas - dried cherry, leather, cigar box. Tannins are fine grained and fairly firm, acids a little less so. For 14.1% alcohol, legs are full and moderately slow, and the heat on the nose is pronounced, relenting a bit at about 6 hours decant. Flavor profile is fruit forward on the attack, melding into a well rounded mid palate of bacon fat and spice, with tannins propelling the wine into a moderately long finish of tree fruits and anise. This continues to be an exciting wine, developing and shifting into more and more interesting experiences. Drinking great now, it has the structure and quality to continue improvement. If you can, get at least two bottles, one for now, and one for the future.
Amber garnet color, amber edge. Honey, dried grape stalk on the nose. Wine is a tad bright, though not unpleasingly so. Palate is dry, with herbaceous notes over a ripe fruit profile. Finish is moderate and even. Fine on it's own, lovely with summer apps.
Mod deep purple color. A bit more heat than the 2011 and will benefit from some cellar time. Aromas of leather, bramble fruits and wood smoke suggest a bolder wine, but this is a tad less burly, firm tannins notwithstanding. Red fruit and pepper flavors are there, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is velvet on the tongue yet bright on the palate. Very drinkable now, better in a couple years.