Some wines that need an excuse to open (Jims): This was complex and stinky in all the right ways. The color showed some development but was still blood dark and just hints of amber on the edges. The nose was slightly rustic, leather, minty, briery and dusty. In the mouth it was all texture and mass with a long intense finish of smokey fruit. Really lovely aged Cabernet.
A distinctive blackfruited, uber spearminty, minerally and lightly tobaccoey mountain wine. The oak is low key. Impressively ripe, austere and balanced on the superb spherical, lush freshly fruited and deliniated craggy middle. Ends medium long medium tannic, impressive, drying and food friendly finish.
Ruby-garnet color with rusty edges. Overwhelming papaya and tobacco notes on the nose, with tomato and smoky cedar. Wonderfully polished palate with more of the Cabernet Franc characteristics coming through. Soil and green vegetable character with subtle dusty raspberry and fermenting Rainier cherry aspects. This is a very exotic, interesting wine. Needs at least a 2-hour decant. Drink or hold.
The cork was pretty saturated, so I was scared this would be a bad bottle. But consider me lucky because this is excellent!
Interesting nose of mint and barnyard, which is not exactly what I was expecting. Nice mature cab characteristics shine as the red fruits are balanced seamlessy with the spicy middle and slightly drying, acidic finish. A really unique, well-rounded wine. I wish I had saved it for a couple more years.
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