For those who want to know about these things with MI wines, the cork was fine, with the branding confirming vintage and vineyard, a small disc of red on the bottom with no signs of any seepage. This was a pop and pour, consumed over the course of two hours or so.
A fair bit of acetic acid is immediately evident, which is a bit worrisome for the future. Pretty good delicate red fruit quality, but the palate is thin and seems somewhat muddled (lacks focus). No depth or complexity here; rather, the wine just sits on the palate and does little other than show a slightly bitter and clipped finish. No obvious oak. The wine only got worse with air. As with at least one other wine I've tasted from MI, something went wrong between barrel and bottle.
5/21/2013 8:04:00 AM - Sorry to hear you weren't able to taste with Ray. By the way, we were there in May 2012, not this year. Don't know the specifics of your attempts to visit, but bear in mind that Ray is often not available (out of the country, etc.), so it's a good idea to make arrangements well in advance.