Light red center with orange tint throughout. The nose is ripe and full of dark cherry, raspberry, maple, and floral components. On the palate, there is a touch of candied dark cherry, raspberry, and BBQ spice. Structurally, the acidity is apparent in this medium-bodied wine and the alcohol pokes through a little on the mid palate. The finish is long and ripe with dark cherry and raspberry. Overall, I probably waited too long on this one. In its youth, it was a big, ripe wine that fit together well, but at this point, the fruit has overtaken the structure creating a slightly flabby, candied profile.
Opened and poured, showing a bright ruby with slight oranging. The nose has mellowed a bit from the early days, and so has the fruit, offering a rounder but sweet attack. No detectable heat, three's brown sugar, molasses, cola, stewed cherry strawberry, very nicely integrated oak. The electricity, boldness, vivacity and sheer power has faded, but this is still very pleasant.
Wine Dinner, best of: Terence had in cellar. changed significantly over 90 minutes. started with easy cherry, then added layers including cola and espresso, Best wine of night. drank alongside other best of: 1998 Plumpjack Cab Sauv Oakville, 1998 Château Cos d'Estournel, 2004 Arnaldo Capraii Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano, 2001 Vina Almaviva Puente Alto Cab Sauv/Carm/Cab Franc Blend, 2004 Kosta Brown Pinot sonoma Coast.
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(Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast) 12 pts., my #1 and group's #1; medium cherry red color; big raspberry and berry nose; hot, berry and milk chocolate palate with baking spice, Necco wafer and green notes; medium finish 89+ pts.
(Kosta Browne Pinot Sonoma) #2; COLOR-dark; NOSE-a mint, farm aspect, soil mixed w/ raspberry component; some dark components; TASTE-huge mouthfeel, really like the overall complexity; similar to #1, but not as much heat; more polished, very smooth & elegant; perfectly made; this winemaker really knows what they're doing; - the soil, the terroir & the overall fruit are SINGING; a true expression; this wine KILLS, the total package, completely brings the Thunder; WS-95; GV-95
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