Almost black color. Time was kind to this wine. Second bottle, first consumed shortly after release and was almost undrinkably bitter and tannic with fruit hiding deep in the corners. The (not surprisingly) black fruit is now expressing itself in the nose and flavors along with black pepper. Tannins are still muscular and pleasantly puckering for a food wine. Interesting and enjoyable, screams to be paired with Cheshire cheese.
I'm making Red Chief Lentil and Beef soup (waiting on that simmer) and I drew an urge for something rugged, a full-bodied red. I fist thought Cabernet, off the normal drinking line-up these days, but I came across this searching my lists, and it seemed perfect for the winter "stew" and my desires. It's pretty much as described. Drinking right out of the bottle, it seems a bit rough and certainly tannic. The bouquet is of perfumed stuff, and husky/musky-esque; in this way, feminine but with a serious presence. The acidity is great and helps balance the cedar-tasting wood and other omnipresent 1-dimensional components of this wine. One of those is sour cherry, which is a flavor I really enjoy in wine. It's all very dusty and Spanish seeming. This is also sweet in the mid-palate, which is probably why some many enjoy it to the extent they do. It's not fake sweet thankfully. If it were more graceful and aged, I'd probably join the club too. I think it will be great with my soup. Mmm hmm.
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(Gran Elias Mora Toro) #1; COLOR-very dark; NOSE-coconut; raspberry; oak; big dark fruit; black cherries; PALATE-big, bold, delicious; structured; dark and tannic; and really nice blueberry pie flavors on the back-end; good firm tannic structure; great finish; will last for 10-12 years easy; a little over-oaked for me; really well made; beautiful wine; a little big for my palate; JM-93; JR-93; WS-95; GV-92
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