This wine begins to prove a point I have argued for years. We must be prepared to allow Cali wines to age in order to bring out the best tertiary favors in the same way we allow French Rhones to age. Decanted for an hour and then followed for three hours. At first, the wine was beginning to show the emergence of deep cherry flavor. Actually like the start of a 50 year old Hermitage we had a few years ago. As it gains more air, the fruit comes out even more. There is raspberry and blackberry to go with the cherry. The flavors are exploding. The feel is smooth and almost glycerine-like, without any glycerine flavor. The finish goes on and on and the fruit flavor actually gets stronger as the finish continues. I have three more. I want to space them out because I think in 5 more years this will be an absolutely exceptional wine, not an exceptional example of Cali Rhone Rangers, but an exceptional wine of any type. 93 pts is today. If I am right, give this five years and it will be otherworldly.
This was one of my first direct from the winery purchasers. About 7 years ago. It carries its age very well. Two and a half hour decant. Beautiful smooth red fruit. Strong raspberry on the nose and cherry and raspberry on the palate. Few tannins left unresolved but I do not think this has reached its peak, and its certainly is not on the down slope. Excellent balance. A long finish and a very smooth mouth feel. Rebecca voted for 93 points and she never gives anything that many points. She said wonderful fruit and incredibly smooth. Honey without the sweetness.
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