last bottle and glad I went through all 6 of these with the later being good and the early tries not so good. I also bought some Cara Mia single vineyards and so glad I waited and almost wish I didn't waive off further purchases.
Enjoyable dark fruit with subtle violet and wood aromas. On the palate the good dark berry pull through with earth and some vegetal notes all without the bad green flavors. Decent finish and high ABV isn't tiring as it was in early openings of this wine. I will hang in for another year or two before popping open the Cara Mia.
This has evolved somewhat. I don't dislike it any longer. Still it's a $20 wine from a warm vintage. The heat is still noticeable, but if serve just a touch below room temperature in Winter, it drinks much better. Dark fruit of cheery, cassis, boysenberry, loganberry and some dark plum. Some secondary character is coming out. Mocha, dark bittersweet cocoa. Acid and tannin are still very much apart of the wine. Chewy tannin. I wouldn't hold this for the love ng haul but another 3-4 years will be fine. Mouth pufkering tannic finish.
Popped and poured, then consumed over three nights. All three nights were good, but the second night really out shined the others. The nose started off vegetal (in a good way - not green) with notes of tomato and jalapeno, then moved into aromas of blue/black fruits. More dark fruits on the front palate along with dark butterscotch flavors. In the mid palate there was a flavor of concord grapes (first time I've tasted grape in a wine - go figure). Solid texture and balanced acidity. Would purchase again.
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