PnP and consumed over 1.5hrs with a glass the following day. Needed about 20 minutes in the glass to open up and show masses of pure black fruit, cocoa and rich spices. Ripe, fine tannins on the very long finish. Opulent, complex and drinking beautifully now, but there's so many layers in reserve. A great example of modern Napa winemaking. Drink now or hold a few years. Tasted twice with similar notes.
93-94+ points. Graciously shared by a regular at our monthly wine tasting. Popped and pour with minimal aeration but was tasted incrementally along side an Alban Patrina and absolutely proved to be the superior wine.
On the nose there are aromas of dark fresh fruit, cedar and an edge of menthol/eucalyptus. On the palate the wine delivers pure dark plum notes followed by loamy and silty earth, dark cocoa and spice that suggests some complementary French oak influence. At the moment the wine is noticeably wound up and there's a great deal that the wine is holding back. The complex earth and cocoa characteristics which carried through the mid-palate seems to bury some of the nuance that appear in the wine but aren't quite delineated.
Texturally the wine shows obvious depth and plenty of concentration on the mid-palate. There's no doubt it's a carefully crafted wine that shows both the freshness and intensity that you would expect from the Pritchard Hill area. As enjoyable as the company was, this wine definitely deserves a more careful examination at home where it can be appreciated as it evolves in the glass. Needs some mid-term cellaring to show it's true character and could very likely go the distance as well.
Garnet color. Nose: red/black currant, black/red cherry, and black raspberry with accents of cedar, fig, roasted red beet, iron, and a hint of dark chocolate. Medium/full body on the palate: red/black cherry, red/black currant, and black raspberry framed by bruleed fig, iron, cedar, dusty earth, and a touch of mocha. Medium+ acidity. Moderate dusty tannins. Lingering crushed rock/iron, cedar, fig, and graphite on the moderate/long finish. Classic structure and pristine, complex fruit paired with great minerality and appropriate oak. Perfect balance. Drink over the next 10 years.
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