Drunk this because it's Adam Lee's 18th wedding anniversary and seemed like as good an excuse as any to pick out a wine to drink. 90 minute decant. This wine has progressively improved since I bought a case in 2006. This might be my last bottle, which would be a shame because I'd like to see where it keeps going. Right now, it presents a smooth and complex fruit melange without being jammy. There's discrenable plum, raspberry and cherry. A bit of pepper. No rough edges. Very smooth going down and easy to drink. There appears to remain a bit of unresolved tanins so it may have more life before it reaches its peak. Long finish. This bottle has been sitting without moving for a couple years at least, and there was plenty of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle, so decant carefully.
I bought a case in 2006 but haven't opened one for three years so I decided it was time to peek in and see how it was doing. The wine continues to evolve nicely, with smooth syrah pepper making a stronger showing and cherry flavor with just a tiny tinge of apparent sweetness from the fruit. The are other red fruits mixed in as well. Any woodiness is gone and the mouth feel is very smooth and excellent. The finish is moderate to long. I did not have the opportunity to decant this. I think it could have used a bit of air because it got better in the glass.
I've been drinking through a case of this for the past 2+ years. It is developing nicely. 30 minute decant. Red fruit is being augmented by pepper spice and a bit of background vanilla. Dark color with a very nice mouth feel. Develops more cherry flavor as it airs. No harsh or astringent tanins. A real bargain.
Popped, decanted and poured. Not ready. Should have read my prior note. Fruit wakes up gradually. Cherry, raspberry and blueberry. With spices. Finish moderate. Color dark mut red. On this go round, the alcohol was a bit hot. Finish moderate to long. No wood. Mouth feel good but not great.
I'm really surprised about how much acidity exists in this wine. It takes a center stage. It's kind of woven into a raspberry fruit that also acts as the other prominent note, so think of like crushed raspberries. Nose shows some caramel, too. But the wine is about the palate. Add some olive, a loamy/peaty note, a bit of chocolate and medium weight and that's the wine. Given the bright acidity, I don't see this wine disappearing in intensity anytime soon. Nice value.
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