On opening, a refined and delicate nose. Tar and tobacco, black olive, high notes. Good. Quite faded, strong bricking.
Second night, nose had currant and sultanas. The taste had collapsed. It felt very old and past its best. I did not finish the bottle. However given the other positive notes on this wine I am inclined to try another bottle.
Radiant ruby red. Nose: funky earth and stinky triple cream cheese. Oak. Thyme, mushroom, not much fruit at first. With air (24+ hours) some ripe cherries and red plum. Palate: strong grainy mouthfeel, not in a negative way but very present grainy tannin. Tar, cherries, cigar tobacco. Violets and rose water. Medium acidity, very little oak flavor (though its influence is significant in the strongly framed profile). After several hours the fruit becomes really lush cherries and black plums. Finish: graininess and acidity balance nicely, it's the darker flavors of tar, tobacco and black plums that dominate as burnt orange emerges. This wine is a very youthful 11 years old; it will last for years to come.
Back half of a 4th of July Virtual Tasting. Color is advanced and fully bricked. Nose is heavy on cedar and leather with dark cherry and red raspberry fruit. Tart raspberry and strawberry combined with big acid and grippy tannin. This reminds me a lot of some aged Ravenswood Zinfandel I have had recently. The nose, the tart raspberry. Been open 6 hours. Will revisit with dinner in another hour or so.
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