Medium ruby red color, nose of wine barrels and game, echoing onto the palate. Surprisingly confident, with tannins as wing man, this wine has a savory flavor profile, with clean, clear notes of black berries. Nicely balanced. Moderately luscious mouthfeel continues through to the medium finish. 2nd bottle we've had and we enjoyed this quite a bit more than the first. I'm wondering if this is in it's "sweet spot" now. Pairs very well with food and is both interesting & enjoyable on it's own.
Deep, blood red color, amber at the edge, just looking at this wine fills one with excitement. Our 1st bottle, we didn't know how much breathing time to give it (should've checked CT) so, as we were busy, we opened the bottle in the morning, poured a splash and let it sit for 8 hours. It really wasn't enough and next time I'll decant it for the same time. As it was, the nose was complex and subtle, displaying dark cherry, black fruit, loam, cedar and saddle leather notes. 15.2% alcohol gave it great legs and the body was sumptuous, even with moderately firm tannins and moderately bright acid. Flavor profile is a delight, with sour cherry on the tip of the tongue, dark berry and a fruity, dark chocolate mid palate and savory notes on a long finish. 9 years old now, this easily has another 5-9 years in it to really develop. It's a delightfully powerful wine with female characteristics that suffers no fools. Think Brienne of Tarth. Enjoy now or wait, if you can.
Moderately deep ruby color, very clear. Upon opening, nose presents red berry, parsley, leather, cedar and dried cherry notes. Cedar, cherry, some stone fruit, "not quite cassis" - more raisin, forest floor, marshmallow...quite a bit going on the palate. Acids are somewhat integrated and the tannins are fine and delightfully chewy, giving the mouthfeel a nice "smacking" quality. Finely muscled, this wine is lovely on it's own, though it's made to go with good, savory food.