Color: medium/deep ruby -> diffuse medium ruby rim. Lovely bouquet of black cherries, white pepper, sandalwood, gravel, a little cumin and forest floor. Like its '07 sibling, this is quite savory and reasonably full bodied while also showing nice purity of fruit and light on its feet due to great acidic cut. Mineral palate of Kirsch liqueur, sage, thyme and pencil shavings. Delicious now, this needed about a 60+ minute decant to strut its stuff. I think this is just a slight step behind the '07 in complexity but is still compelling juice. Once again, Cris has produced one of the best Mourvedres I've tasted from Cali.
Very savory aromas -- roasted meat with black fruit, lavender, and a hint of chalk. On the palate, blackberry, pepper, and chalky tannin. Surprisingly supple and approachable despite the tannin, and likely to improve from here.
Hazy notes from last week. Well, this was a nice Paso wine, but I'm not really a big fan of the style: very big, very rich, and very ripe. Some sweetness of the medium-full bodied palate. Certainly speaks of place, but this really is on that fine line of OTT. Not rated for fairness - it's not my style at all, even at the end of the night.
This Mourvedre is darkest garnet/nearly inky with a redolent nose of black cherry and leather. On the palate, the wine offers the same black cherry and leather as well as blackberry, and mushroom. It has a lengthy, oak-infused finish. The wine improves marginally with an extended decant; accordingly, I would imbibe it now rather than waiting for it to improve in the cellar. The wine is excellent, but not quite as good as VC's Avenger, and High Road wines. At around $50 per bottle, the wine has a so/so QPR.
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