1994 Ravenswood Pickberry (63% Merlot, 21% Cab. Sauv., 16% Cab. Franc) bottom of cork was soft but but Rabbit did the trick Remarkably dark color for its age - more brick tones typical of older wine, but still dark Shorter teardrop legs (13.5%) Characteristic plummy Merlot nose Mellow and a bit flat on the palate initially, but opening up to plum, earth and mushroom notes Very smooth, but tannins still present Medium finish
Color: medium ruby -> light garnet rim. Light bouquet of berries, plum, a little ash and leather. Singed, sour cherries, a little cedar and cassis coming through before the acid and tannins take over a pretty short finish. Palate definitely showing signs of fatigue; still alive but going over the hills and far away. This didn't get better as it sat for a few hours in the decanter (checking in every half hour or so). Drink soon (like this second).
After a long night of higher-priced disappointments, this saved the day as WOTN. Tannic as hell, but this has a load of plum and blackberry fruit, garrigue, chocolate, lots of acid. Not ready yet but has the fruit to stand up to the tannin. Delicious.
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