A Visit to Arcadian Winery (Lompoc, CA): A strong, singular, high-toned note of cinnamon immediately leaps from the glass. Backing that up is earth, soil, decomposing leaves, red plum, red hots candy, red cherry, twizzlers, and licorice. This borders on just a touch too candied for me, but rides that side of the line better than the 2006 IMO. There is a pleasant brightness to the aromatics. Despite using a high proportion of whole clusters this doesn't have the usual descriptors that I would associate with WC (grapefruit, ash, incense, smoke). On the plus side the mouthfeel is quite silky with soft dusty tannin, decent acid and a long finish built on cinnamon, potting soil and licorice. A little more time couldn't hurt to round this out a bit more. Admittedly this could just be in a difficult spot for my palate.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted a couple glasses non-blind over approx. 90 minutes --
Excellent, but still needs time, as this was pretty tight. Medium-light to medium bodied. Purple/red berries, with hints of mineral and leather on the palate. Very well-balanced. Tannins a bit drying. Continue to Hold.
Quick TN: Popped and poured. This bottle seems totally closed down. Not yielding much on the palate. Luden's cherry cough drops with good acidity on the palate, but the flavors are muted. Returned to the glass 1.5 hours later and the wine had opened a bit, showing more more spice with cherry and red raspberry flavors and the acidity keeping it lively. Different from the bottle opened in January and surprising for a 2005 of Joe's.
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