PnP. Inking violet. Much more meaty and (good) musky than last bottle. Still with plenty of blue/black fruit, spice, balanced acidity and gritty (but going velvet) tannins. Very plush texture. Some complexity now, no real finesse to speak of. Some distracting etoh. Overall, up a bit since last bottle (2 yrs ago) as this is more interesting and integrated. Nice but not a 'moving' experience.
This shows how a 15.2% wine can still be refined and balanced. The acids effectively held the fruit at bay, providing a great experience. The same producer's Sonoma Cty from the same vintage is all in-your-face fruit, and tiresome to drink. Fearing a similar impact, I was happily surprised. Suggest that this be drunk over the next 5 years, as the fruit seems to be in a bit of a reserved stage, perhaps waning.
Very nice. Popped and poured after 4 yrs at off-site storage. Nose still very primary of ripe raspberries and slighly sour cherries, perhaps lacked the depth that would put this in the next level. Well structured throughout the tongue with just the slightest hint of brett. Lingering finish gives way to dusty tannins. This is drinking beautifully right now but there is no reason to hurry through any remaining bottles. Drink or hold through 2013.
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