Clear dark ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, rhubarb, dried lavender and cola. Rich on the palate with cherry and red currant fruit, fennel, licorice, earth, and hints of minerality. Juicy earthy tannins, finishing with notes of vanilla and fennel. As this has aged it's lost some of the stemmy complexity. Despite the high alcohol it has decent balance.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose is bit odd or off with aromas of fennel, berries and maybe some lacquer. Muddled flavors of berries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium body. Not rating this bottle as it is clearly off. Drinkable, just not enjoyable.
Wine is bright, clear, color is medium ruby with a clear miniscus, no sign of age (duh). Nose has black cherry, stewed bing cherries, raspberry, thyme, and rhubarb compote. Palate confirms the nose but the high alcohol comes through indicating a warmer New World climate. Medium plus finish mostly due to the continued burn of the alcohol. 15.2% outstrips even big Rhones. Not a delicate flower, this one.
Aromas of spice and cola, with rhubarb, plum, black cherry and licorice. Silky and voluptuous on the palate, highlighted by notes of pine needle and spice above black cherry, raspberry and hints of earth. Firm and tight with finishing notes of Christmas spice, fruit and fully lingering cracked pepper. Needs time to meld but looks very good early.
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