Paired this with lamb shank and tasted opposite a 2006 Pax Walker Hill. This wine is more forward, more red and less funk. I think this wine is probably rolling over here, as this tasting didn't match my past notes. I think I'll drink my other bottle this year or next.
Initial PnP...Exuberant nose of of dark plum, dry cured olive, cracked pepper, and bee balm/earl grey. Lots of body. Tart, pleasantly stemmy, bright plummy fruit and a short, tangy, slightly tannic finish.
Mostly agree with previous reviews. Liked by all, especially the wife, who said the nose reminded her of olives. I thought of BBQ sauce and boysenberries. A bit tart on the finish though. Last of four. Faded through the night. Best in its youth.
Finally starting to make the turn? In the glass, moving from dark indigo to auburn. On the nose, dominated by blackberries for the first half hour, but afterwards, a more balanced mix of blackberries and lavender. On the palate, initially a somewhat harsh blackberry liqueur, but with that half hour of air, the palate shifts to blackberries, black raspberries, brine, and more lavender, with a smooth texture and some firm tannins on the finish. One bottle left, will be interesting to see where it ends up...
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