VA out in front with course tannin not far behind. Everything's pulling in different directions... seems to be coming apart at the seams (like many Paso 09's), though the VA could point to a flawed bottle. Decanted 2 hrs. Should have done so a couple of years ago.
My wife told me she was in the mood for a "sweet red wine". I've nagged her about the difference between r/s and perceptions of sweetness from extracted fruit, toasted oak, glycerol and high alcohol, etc., but she likes to yank my chain. Anyway, a Villa Creek usually does the trick in situations like this. I pnp'ed and at first this wine was pretty much as expected, with sweet dark berries on the nose and palate, a dusting of cocoa, and some sweet vanilla oak. Not quite a full-bore "wine cocktail" as some cognoscenti deride, but certainly modern, full-bore, extracted. It was also quite easy to slurp down a glass before dinner. We drank about 40% of the bottle and then left it for the following two days. On day 2 and 3 the "sweetness" had blown off somewhat and the tannins somehow actually seemed more pronounced, not softer. It was also rather monolithic; the predominant impression on day 2 and 3 was of concentrated boysenberry/blackberry juice. But not particularly of alcohol. This is definitely a "big" wine and will not appeal to everyone, but if you approach it for what it is it can be fun. I would either tend to pnp and drink in the first hour to surf that wave of vinous sluttishness (to mangle metaphors), or else let it sit for another 3-5 years and hope that the elements pull together a bit more coherently.
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