Community Tasting Notes (1) Avg Score: 86.7 points

  • Monday, August 16, 2010. Popped and poured - did not decant. The color is strikingly beautiful: a rich vibrant garnet. Nose has lots of red fruit, raspberries and strawberries, laced with white pepper. sweet tobacco smoke and figs...over the course of a half hour it mellows into an incredible perfume with a hint of garrigue. On the palate, the fruit gives way to complex layers of soft earth, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and old leather. Back in the day when I was a kid in the country, we used to chew on our leather laces... I guess we did it because we liked the sweet, complex flavor. The wine is medium bodied, complex and balanced. It makes you use your brain "...what am I tasting now?...where was I when I last experienced...?" This wine transports...foreign places, sights and sounds come rushing back. The finish is soft and inviting - that longing feeling you get when you realize it's the end of summer and yet there's the promise of fall. This is the type of wine that reminds me of why I fell in love with wine in the first place. The finish lingers...more leather from the horse barn...dark chocolate...something carmelized from the bottom of the saute pan. This is an old world wine that wouldn't work for everyone. Unfortunately, this is my last bottle but will savor it over the next few days...

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