Ruby color with a lighter rim. Fine aromas of berry fruit, fine earth, bramble, black pepper, and sweet spices. Deep flavors of sweetly spiced red and black berries, black pepper, and licorice with a fine earth under tone throughout. Perfect acidity frames and extends the flavors. Grows very boysenberry on the rear palate though the black pepper has the last word on the finish. Less heavy than a few years ago, this has emerged from its rich and powerful stage and become sleek and bright. Pity its my last bottle.
Our last bottle exceeded all expectations. The cork came out in many pieces after using a 2 cork screws, an Ah-So cork puller, and a crochet needle. The wine came out miraculously. There was no hint of oxidation on the rim. There was a wonderful core of red fruit and some zinfandel spice, but little complexity at our initial sampling of half the bottle. There were no obvious defects in the wine and the high alcohol content was unnoticeable. Who knows how much longer this particular wine will last, so enjoy it now if you have a bottle or two left.
Dark red color with slight lightening at the rim. Aromas of dried cherries, herbs, roasted meat, and leather. On the palate, this shows some rusticity and has lost much of the raisin flavors that it had in its youth. The alcohol is also well hidden. The flavor profile is of leather and herbs with a red fruit core. The finish is medium. Above expectations. Drink or hold.
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