Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS premium tasting. Ruby core, with a fairly generous woodsy, earthy nose. Lots of ripe black fruit on the palate, along with pepper, spice, herbs and exhibiting a definite earthy, barnyard or woodsy character. Wonderful complexity and lovely balance here. This wine has plenty of ripe fruit but isn't too sweet; its a big wine, but is also quite lean with very subtle nuances. Soft & silky tannins too. A great CdP that is still quite young. I believe it will only get better over the next 5 years or more. This was my #2 WOTN, and overall voted the #3 WOTN by the WWS crowd.
(Decanted for two hours.) This bottle is slightly less closed than the one I had a few months ago. The color is a brooding purple and black. The bouquet, which evolves slowly in the glass, is a beautifully layered assortment of ripe red and black berries, hog jowl, coffee beans, fried fennel, moist earth and a touch of barnyard. Full-bodied, weighty and opulent in the mouth, the rich kirsch, blackberry, plum, beef blood, wild spices, espresso bean and black trumpet mushroom flavors seem animated or amplified. The generous acidity provides additional lift and the huge sweet tannins bristle with energy. There is also mineralité (a distinct iron note) in the firm, focused minute-long finish. In the end, this flat-out masterpiece of a young wine achieves the impossible: all the lush, bigger-than-life parts are knitted into a seamless and harmonious whole. Sadly, it is shutting down.
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