First Big Wine night of 2015 (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Aired in decanter for about 2 hours. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, purple colour. Legs. Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of earth and some barnyardiness which incited a huge debate about Brett. Other aromas included cedar-wood, licorice, black plums. Developing. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol, medium+ tannins, full body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of cedar, earth, licorice, sweet black plums, blackcurrant, blackberry. Long finish. Very good quality. From the nose, it definitely felt like this had at least 10 years of age on it. Then the deep purple colour stuns you. Still a little tight on the palate flavour though. On hindsight, the sweet licorice core could have given a clue that this has Garnacha. Will be nice if I could try this again in another 4-5 years. A deeply divisive wine, as evidenced by the disparity of score from the critics. Wine Spectator 87, Wine Enthusiast 83, but Wine Advocate 96 and Stephen Tanzer 93. 25% Garnacha, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carinena, 15% Syrah, 10% Merlot.
Phenomenal. Still requires an hour to open. A blend of four varietals, from vines over 80 years old when harvested. Now this wine yields complexity, depth, acidity and sweetness that almost defy description. Gargantuan.
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A few deals arrived late tonight that are quite interesting - all are worth a look but they are not for the shy. These are full-impact wines but they have eccentricities and a unique character that separates them from the norm.
All are directly from the source with perfect provenance:
1999 Tenuta di Trenoro (Toscana) IGT(AG90)
2003 Rotllan Torra Tirant (Priorat) 1.5lt
Quite rare in this format - one of the more regal wines coming out of Priorat...
2005 L & A Lignier Morey-St-Denis "Les Chaffots" 375ml (BH89-92)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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