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.
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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