Popped and poured a taste. Nose was completely overpowering and taste was completely wound up fruit, smoke, and leather. I almost thought this bottle was corked at first (without the spoiled milk smell). After coming back to the glass about an hour later, the wine began developing. An hour later and the tastes were ripened black fruits, boysenberry,a touch of smoke and a really nice finish. 90-91
Dark, glass-clinging black-purple in the glass. A tasting pour is nearly opaque. The nose leaps from the bottle on opening yielding stewed black-blueberries with ash and a hint of vanilla mint. Tannins are still firm but well-integrated. Palate of DARK fruit with a tarry, smokey, almost Tannat-like black coffee mid-palate and finish. Opens up nicely with air to more PS-like berries, though still more black than blue. Balanced throughout. A top-notch release from the Rasmussen stable that will likely satisfy for at least the next five or six years, possibly with some minor development.
30 minute decant. Light to medium purple color. Smoky, ripe dark fruit, blackberry jam and a touch of dark chocolate on the nose. More of the same on the palate with dark fruit coming through loud and clear joined by some bitter dark chocolate on the back end. Big, full mouthfeel with firm tannins and a dry finish. Acid is on the lower side but everything else is in a really good spot right now. Really nice petite sirah from KR.
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