This one impressed me with it's out of the gate intensity, no need to decant, it's ready to drink! So drink up! Big fruit flavors, blackberries, raspberries, mostly. Spice brings up the rear as it opens up - in like 20 minutes from opening. It's acidity will keep it humming along all night, and in the bottle for another 2-5 years, I'm guessing. Did I mention this John Duval seems to know a thing or 3 about wine making. Well, if you've ever heard of Penfolds Grange, he IS Mr Penfolds Grange (or so I'm told) fyi.
This is SO interesting. John Duval made Penfolds Grange what it is today, having made it for a few decades. He also makes a Washington wine for Long Shadows that I'm way fond of. But this has it's own identity, feeling a bit more like a California Syrah (as opposed to a Barrossa style Shiraz, which it is). Lots of nice fruit, the red kind. At 11 years old it's still got spring in it's step. Not "over the top" - but solid.
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