Nose is really popping right now. 20m bottle open, 5 min in the glass. Smells of tobacco, blueberries, currant, lilac, smoke, peppermint.
Hits the front palate with a sweet frutiness, moves into minerality, spice, and strong meaty tannins with a lengthy finish that focuses on fruit and spice. After about 30m it really starts to hit it's zin stride. Hints of vanilla on the mid palate, plenty of pepper, and a finish that really sings to red fruits. Went perfectly with turkey lasagna. So much better than I remember it. Maybe it was the low expectations?
Disappointing is the best word for this wine. Not bad, but did not compare favorably with even less expensive Zins on hand. More heat, less finish, and less pronounced flavor profile. Would not buy again at the same price.
Nose is strong, sweet dark fruit almost like candy, with some vanilla peeking through. The palate is characteristic vanilla again, dark ripe cherry, oak, and slight spice. Great acidity, decent mouthfeel (slightly disappointing for SB), and a 20 sec finish. Opaque purple crimson in the glass. Pretty good. 1 hr decant. Honestly my least favorite SB I've tried. Slightly disappointed. 88
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