Subtle sour cherry, mushroom and black tea. Very silky and elegant. Paired with crispy polenta cakes with duck, mushroom and cherry ragout. The cherry in the sauce canceled the cherry in the wine and brought out a strong earth component. After a couple hours in the decanter, it picked up a strong vegetal component -- like asparagus in a glass.
Weekend in Paoli; 4/1/2011-4/2/2011 (Paoli, PA): great ruby color. raspberries, tart cherries and smoky meaty notes on the nose. the palate is delicious. very elegant at this point in its evolution. delicious, wonderful balance. good tannic structure as well with some nice black tea elements on the finish.
Medium red color. Aromas of sous bois, cherry, smoke, tea, and raspberry. Tart cherry and raspberry palate that also shows cranberry and later develops some smoky sous bois flavors. This is open for business and drinks much more advanced than the 2002 right now. Should continue to develop but this is ready to start drinking if you've got a few stashed away. Drink or hold.
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