Ruby colored, medium bodied, this exhibited big fruit aromatics, full forward cherry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors, clove and cinnamon spices with a layer tea, tobacco and hint of smoke on a smooth moderate tannin finish.
very nice now. can mature more but i like it this way. color isnt bright, wine doesnt have muh clarity, but has a typical oregon nose and palate that follows. just a touch of secondary. good fruit and balance. earthy. feels heavier on the second day but i like it this way with no aeration. great with roast duck/goose.
Opened and decanted for 45 minutes (magnum decanted into 2). Beautiful medium ruby with only the slightest bricking on the edge. Wonderful nose of Cherry, spice (oak), raspberry, mild earth and floral notes. Pretty much the same on the Palate - wonderful cherry/raspberry fruit with spice, earth and a touch of flowers all nicely integrated and giving a moderate lingering finish.
I almost cannot recognize this wine in other recent CT notes; it was really very nice and drinking beautifully. Not as big and robust as it showed when last tasted in 2007 but this bottle has aged remarkably well.
Magnum Madness 2011! (Marshall's place): A lot of folks found this a bit large on this night, but it surprisingly didn't come across as such for me. Certainly there is plenty of spicy oak on the nose, but there's also this thick, funky meat smell that's interesting. The palate is large in scale, creamy and lush, with nice wood spice balancing it. The savior comes with high levels of tart acids on the finish which keep the big fruit and tannins tame. The acids are what I'm primarily left with on the palate. Without the acid this wouldn't be too interesting, but with it I found it quite enjoyable.
Tasting Menu at Meritage (Meritage, St. Paul): Medium deep red color, mild bricking. Nose of cherry, raspberry, seems tight, tad of spice, adds a little floral note later. The palate had red fruit as the nose, lighter body, soft tannins, decent acidity, medium finish. This was nice, I had hoped for more, this was elegant, but pretty restrained. 90+pts.
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