Dark garnet color; surprisingly, not yellowing on the rim of this ten year old wine. Right off, the licorice aromas hit you big time right in the face. Then, the licorice subsides to let other aromas join into an amalgamation of a monster nose. Complex aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, spice, leather, savory Provencal herbs, some cigar box. Similar flavors, with the addition of black cherry and graphite. Big, rich, full bodied and viscous in the mouth. Lots of structure and acid. It still has some tannins apparent, but most are integrated into the wine. A medium-long tangy finish that still has a little bit of heat left. Pairs nicely with prime filet mignon and N.Y. steaks from Illinois, split between my best girlfriend (wife) and me. I mean, why wouldn’t they pair well!? I would have scored the wine a point higher had the finish been just a little longer. Another "my kind of wine”. Note: after 24 hours, the blueberry dominates the nose, along with additional touches of earthiness and tree bark!
I liked this, but no one else did (admittedly, a bunch of old-world-oriented palates...including mine though). Blackberry, burnt tire and creosote and tapenade. Some objected to the roasted/burnt flavor, and others seemed to find the wine to have a medicinal cherry-cough syrup flavors (although to me it was all creamy blackberry). Tons of acidity (nearly tart)...Rich and full bodied...still young. The olive/tapenade component was prominent (and unusually pronounced for a New-World wine).
The bottle was brought up from the cellar to have time to rise in temperature, Decanted for one hour and in the glass it went. A wonderful perfumy aroma leaped from the rim of my glas with hints of menthol, licorice and creosote. The wine represented itsellf for one hour and evolved to a lower level of the same but more integrated flavors. Now the crushed berry flavors showed through the dark opaque colored wine. It was the perfect time to consume this bottle. EG WineArchitect
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.