Nice round plum-cherry nose. Rich red fruit flavor with great balance between the acidity and the presence of some very soft tannins. Great finish with a little spice to it. Very long. Great aging potential.
more of a rubbery, mineral nuance to the nose. more purple to the color relative to the 2012 Estate. Just a touch spearmint to the nose. Still elegant with a touch of spice, but more concentrate and depth than the 2012 Estate.
Willamette Valley for Memorial day weekend and a peak at 2012; 5/25/2013-5/26/2013: Barrel sample. Very softly fruited aromas and massive size. The palate feels densely extracted. Huge texture and lots of alcohol. The booze stings. Again, despite the large alcohol, there's a strange leanness and doesn't really feel in balance. There's tons of alcohol on the finish, with decent fruit but again huge extraction. No alcohol stated, but this is surely over 15. These wines seem like perhaps they had high amounts of acidification happening to attempt to pull things in balance. Considering the monster that this wine is, I actually don't mind it very much and could even see myself drinking a glass. (87-90 points)
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