Interesting wine from my cellar since release, but probably too long. Strange funkiness on the nose, horseshit, on each sip that then disappeared when held further on the nose. Dark purple. Not a lot of fruit with a bitter quality. Some chocolate and crushed stones and oak. Not a bad wine, but not up to my standards.
Was really looking forward to this wine since I have had other fntastic Newton Merlot's but was disappointed with this bottle. The wine stil had nice acidity but fruit seemed to turn, tasted like burned over ripe dark fruit mixed with some old oranges or citrus. This wine was kept in excellent storage so not sure if this is just how it ages or somehow went bad.
decanted for (modest) sediment; clean earth nose; moderate bricking; just right mix of darker slightly tart raspberry, dark cranberry, currant, tobacco, earth; background cedar notes; timed this one just right and thinking that some 10 yr old cali merlots have really performed with nice meals; oddly, while i thought this was sublime, marilyn didn't like it.....all the more for me; day 2 has faded somewhat--drink up!!
Spectacular wine. Complex, dense aromatics, Blackberries, black cherries, plums and orange rind, toffee, with an herbal note. Chewy and dense but lush texture. Enough structure and tannins to last for the long haul. Right up there with the best California
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