This has been called everything from a fruit bomb to lean and weak. I found it to be neither but rather a spice-driven wine. There is dark fruit but it takes a back seat to clove, bell pepper, black pepper and a mix of other spice notes. This seems to be a well-made wine but some of the spice veers towards off-putting.
PnP. This was absolutely on point last night. Near purple core. Nose opens with cedar and black peppercorn; pyrazine aromas persist for the first hour, but finally give way to some clove, blackberry, dark red floral and Asian spice. The palate is very elegant, with none of the black peppercorn aromas following through to the lifted, bright and near regal mouthfeel offered here. My friend, whose palate I respect, scored this 93. And while I really enjoyed it, I felt the crushed black pepper notes got in the way of the glorious fruit that was kept behind a wall most of the time. I left 1/2 the bottle with him and will inquire to see how it fared on day 2. Recommended, 14,5% abv, approx $50 (2007)
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(MONTES ALPHA PURPLE ANGEL) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-fruit bomb, cherry & strawberry jam, little licorice; TASTE-a ton of tannins, Extremely New World, a little too much fruit for me, but luscious, little minty & asparagus aspect, solid effort for a fruit bomb, good mid-palate & structure, ; GV-88 (GV GUESS: Could see this being from Chile; $40 wine.)