One among several tasted. Clearly the least developed of the evening's wines. Deep ruby to near purple. Slightly smokey, slate, mineral, medium to full body, big blast of black cherry. Medium + acidity. Rather hot. Tanins are very firm. OK now, but highly recommended to lay down 3 to 5 years.
STC in Cincy (Rob & Bev's place): This wine was brought by Chris S to a blind tasting event. Decanted 1 hour prior to drinking. Clear, med purple color, barely fading to the rim. The nose is clean, developing (yet fairly primary), showing off med(+) aromas of vanilla, spice box, baked blackberry pie, very ripe cherry, with some obvious heat on the nose. The palate reveals a dry wine, med(+) in body and high in alcohol. The flavors are med(+) intensity mint, eucalyptus, with jammy blueberry and juicy cherry fruit, overripe for my palate, then a bit of spice and some mild minerality noticeable. The tannins are med(+) and quite firm and persistent at this young age, but there is more than enough fruit to hold up for years to allow the tannins to integrate. The acidity is med(-), and the finish is med(+), with notes of blueberry pie and some spiciness. Overall, a good quality wine, will improve for another 3 years or so in bottle, and drink well through 2020 or so. I have several of these in my personal collection, I just hope the tannin level dissipates and allows the wine's complexity to be more evident. Time will tell.
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(Betz Family Winery Besoleil Red Wine Columbia Valley) Dark in color. An aromatically compelling wine perfumed with Herbes de Provence, strawberry, sweet plums, and a kiss of vanilla. The palate has fresh, pure, restrained red fruit flavors with depth and intensity and a sensuous mouthfeel. 65% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 11% Cinsault, and 6% Syrah. Olsen, Ciel du Cheval, Upland and Boushey vineyards. 14.6% alcohol.
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