Knew it was a big boy going in so threw it in the decanter while I prepared the sirloin medallions. Poured half a glass for "cooking" purposes and was rewarded with tart cranberry, spicy black cherry, and cacao laced blackberry. Bold and dark with massive weight; despite the intensity I somehow felt it still had room to open up so I resisted the urge and let this beast brood while I continued cooking. About an hour and a half later, once lil'Knurdette had her bath and Mrs. Knurd was ready for dinner, full glasses were poured. Now I could detect notes of black plum, anise, espresso, graphite, char and hints of black olive and black tea. Very oak driven, now and then I got bright hints of vanilla intermingled with the deeper notes. Despite the oak presence it was very well integrated with a seamless transition of the acid, tannins, and alcohol across the palate. If I could only use 3 words to sum up this wine: mocha espresso cranberries. $62 from Wired for Wine back in 2010 was an excellent price for what this wine is delivering now. It has enough complexity and development for a high score but I feel it relies too much on the oak to carry it through to the highest echelon; overall evaluation: A.
A paradox. Burnt caramel nose, ripe plummy mud, hot finish reflective of vintage but slightly stewed end , yet fresh finish. Like the Beatles - but with Charlie watts drumming. Opened and poured. Fattened over time. Like us all.
...2 hours later. Fatter plumper fruitier thicker richer... Plums chocolate. Hot ripe rich and wildly intriguing. If she was a person, more of a weekender than a wife.
Next day... After an afternoon in the fridge , returned to 19degrees C and enjoyed again with roast beef. Well balanced, no sign of tannins, fat black plum fruit with hints of espresso and some minerality. Really enjoyable and proved that a long life ahead. Perhaps she is marrying material?
This deep-to-opaque red/garnet wine was tasted in single-blind fashion at a Right Bank Bordeaux tasting, with the bottle generously provided by D.S. Efffusive of dark chocolate, plum, pipe tobacco and black olive aromas, it follows with a full-bodied, fresh palate of similar flavors. The tannins are medium-weight and slightly dry, while the oak has now nicely integrated. The alcohol (listed as 14.2%) has likewise integrated and is a non-factor. Solid in the middle, it closes with impressive length. I suspect that this wine is entering its plateau and would anticipate that it will be enjoyable for several more years. Drink now-2022.
An inviting nose of blackberry, cherry, herbs and tobacco lead way to a red berried and licorice driven flavor profile along with drying tannins on the silky smooth finish. Modern in style for sure, but delicious to the last drop!
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