Black and dense in the glass. Tarry nose with some anise, and a faint eucalyptus note developes with time. Massively concentrated on the palate with black oil-cured olive and some herbs. Desperately needs more time. Too bad I only had one bottle!
Wine, skiing, and snowboarding; 2/20/2010-2/26/2010 (Telluride, CO): 14.8% ABV. Popped and poured. Right out of the gate this was showing a funky, bretty horse leather nose with a touch of mint/eucalyptus. Medium full bodied with dark high toned raspberry fruit. This could probably hold for another five years or so. Seemed younger than its vintage. I had trouble getting past the nose on this wine and found it fine, but disappointing, overall.
Had this for our anniversary dinner in Woodstock. Popped and poured. Rich deep color. Somewhat muted nose of earth, prunes and other dark fruit, opening up a little with air. Initially, the medium body gives way to mouth-coating tannins, in a good way, but with food this wine shines. No signs of fading after 2 hours open in the bottle.
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(Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard) From magnum - very dark red violet color; roasted plum, eucalyptus, pine needle, anise, fennel, mint nose; wonderful, rich, cherry, pine sap, rhubarb, pepper palate with firm sweet tannins; lip smacking long finish of raspberry and chocolate