-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours --
NOSE: expressive, mineral-dominated Nose (pencil lead) also has notes of cherry Twizzlers and flowers, and also a hint of smoky leather.
BODY: violet-tinged garnet color of medium depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: very nice acidity; tannins are medium-fine and slightly to moderately drying; juicy; a bit leather with purple fruits (blackberry and plum); slightly bitter floral aspect; a touch savory; not sweet, over-extracted or over-concentrated: perfect concentration of fruit, for my preferences; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; drink over the next five years.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind on Days 1 and 3 -- -- 100% Baga --
NOSE: initially: earthy, dusty, raspberry and cherry with a hint of dried leather; moderately expressive. With time: high-toned pencil lead and car mechanic’s work shop (grease). On Day 3 the pencil lead/minerality note became rather pronounced, with leather and purple fruit tones providing support.
BODY: black-garnet color of medium-deep to deep depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: very juicy (a touch tart); oaky-spice; leathery; blackberry; not tannic; hole at back of mid-palate; long finish of medium-light intensity. On Day 3: continues on as dark-fruited (grapey, blackberries); well-balanced; 13.5% alc. is just barely noticeable in the belly. Drink over the following 5 years, maybe longer? Interesting. Good. Will buy again.
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