Rich, extracted, and explosive on both the nose and palate. Hints of mixed dark berries, bramble, and black currant. Coats the mouth with a plethora of fruit with medium tannin. A nice rendition of Petite Syrah with little restraint. Needs charred meat or traditional barbecue to do battle with. Not much complexity or finesse, but I don't think that was the intention here.
Via Coravin. Coravin seems ideal for a wine like this that is very hard to consume a full bottle in one night between two people. A bit musty at first, but blueberry dominates the palate. Chocolate, stones, and vanilla. A big wine no doubt, but some acidity lightens it up a bit.
This wine is too young. I am learning more about foley wines. They need at least 7-8 years to age. This has an alcohol edge that is not pleasant. If you want to drink now decant at least two hours as it mellowed a bit. This needs time to integrate. Maybe 2 more years. Should age for at least another 10
Dinner with Friends (FMIII in the OC): Dark as motor oil. Great petite fruit flavor, very expressive, and notes of tar toward the end. There's a good shot of alcohol in here and it's noticeable. Tannins are still very firm, quite stiff actually. This wine is a baby.
Opened this to celebrate the arrival of the 2010 Switchback Ridge wines. Big. I mean really big. Blueberry jam. Chocolate. So thick you can chew it. Gripping tannins on the back side but not unpleasant. Just yummy in all respects. Need to hold remaining bottles as this should get better. But excellent now. If scoring 93-95.
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