Wines over the 4th weekend- Bedrock, AO, Bevan; 7/3/2013-7/7/2013: I really liked this wine. Looking back at AG's reviews, I found this far more to my taste. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries and a dark chocolate powder quality that is very nice. A bit of cassis as well. Open and strong. My favorite part of the wine was its texture. It is very soft and smooth with no bite at all. We drank this on the patio without food, and it was delicious. Cherries, dark chocolate, depth with layers. Obviously young, but ready to drink now for pure enjoyment. Not sure where it goes over time (this was my only bottle). A bit pricey, but I would certainly consider buying again. Not a bruiser and not a "Bordeaux-silted" wine either. Unique.
Decanted 2 hours, consumed over 1.5 hours. A bit reticent on the nose. Nice dark fruit which gained weight and complexity over the time we drank it. Integrated and balanced. Medium finish. Drink now with decant or preferably hold.
Fairly big wine with excellent dark fruit, balanced acidity and noticeable but not bitter tannins. Nose is somewhat subdued and the oak is still a bit strong but hopefully both of these areas will improve with some time in the bottle.
Two Burgundy lovers and their weekend in Napa Valley (SF/NAPA): I think of this as a slightly more "obvious" ERA. It has all that nice 2ndary characters of cedar, tobacco that the ERA has as well as the big bold fruit, but it shows a bit more oak, alcohol and harshness. Not as close knit on the palate. Needs more time than the ERA
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