Very nice and in no danger of falling of a cliff in the next year or two. That said, I don't see much improvement so I vote for drink up. It still has the showcase fruity nose, wonderful mouthfeel and the oak has integrated fully. The wine isn't nearly as lively as it was a couple of years ago but the nose is richer and even more interesting.
Luscious notes of tropical fruits, lemons, pears and toasty hard candy. A little bit thin in the mouth, but I still like the intensity of the fruit throughout. Medium finish of toasty syrupy lemon and a hint of butter scotch. And smoke, I've found the Red Shoulder to have a signature characteristic of smoke. It does finish a little bit tart at the end. I'm not worried about this wine dying anytime soon, I've been tasting the Red Shoulder from it's first vintage and it has outlasted everyone's expectations (including Doug Shafer's when I asked him about it several years ago).
This wine has come around in the past 6 month. Luscious nose of fig and pear, the mouthfeel is expansive from start to finish. Seemed too oaked last tasting, but the oak/vanillin seems to be blending into the wine very nicely now.
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