While this may be overly extracted (i.e. CA-ish wine), it is very delicious and lasts well over at least 2 days upon opening. Bright fruit and acid. Would pair very well with a good steak although this was drank without food. Delicious.
Translucent garnet. Strawberry, earth, and spice nose. Medium bodied, pomegranates, dirty cherries, white pepper, slightly woody tannins, and a somewhat viscous, short to medium finish. Nothing fancy, but I liked it.
Solid 90. Once again C.G. impresses. This is the second of six bottles I ordered from them. The wine was decanted prior to the meal. On the nose is a sharp acidity with some cherry and sweet notes of vanilla and sweet chocolate that's boiling in the pot when you're about to make some good confection. Pouring into the decanter, you see that this bottle is a nice medium bodied offering. The wine sat for about 30 minutes in the decanter. On the palate is a light berry flavor in the front - acidity, red berries, young under-ripened fruit, papaya?, vanilla, but this exists for about all of 2 seconds when the wine turns very dark. Plum, very dark raisin, baker's chocolate, and spice start to dominate the mid-palate with spice that kicked up as the wine rolled on the back of the tongue. If you took your time consuming this wine, the spice was incredibly intense. If you hurried up the wine, the spice was quite mellow. The acidity died off quickly with a tomato florentine soup, but the acidity itself died off within an hour of opening the wine. The finish was a bit satisfying and lingering. True to form for barbera, there is no oak barrel, no firm tannin, just a light airy fairy type of wine at the beginning hitting harder as it opened. Lasted a good 15-20 seconds. Nice wine - and for the QPR, this is probably a 93-94 point wine. I still think it has another 2 years left, easily.
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