Slow ox'ed for 2 hours then decanted at Republique. Drank over a 3-hour dinner. Aroma and palate were very consistent with my notes from last year, except the fruit dropped off just a little bit more. Just a wonderful wine to enjoy with family and friends over good food. If you have this wine, drink now and the next few years and enjoy.
Medium purple color and opaque. Floral aromas on the nose with some light smoke. Nicely balanced with predominantly dark cherry on the palate. This was delicious but was slightly overwhelmed by the '03 Freemark Abbey Sycamore that we drank with dinner.
We decanted this wine for two hours. Very soft tannins and very mild acidity. Wonderful crimson color. The legs are medium. Aromas of blackberry, red currant, dust, coffee and toast. Layers of cinnamon, plum and toast. With a medium body this wine has a polished texture. We liked this wine unfortunately it's the last one in our cellar.
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(Quintessa Red) #4; COLOR-dark; NOSE-a little funky; little garbage; interesting subtle Black Raspberry; little Oak Monster; TASTE-really dark chocolate; really firm, solid tannins; good richness & explosiveness; really well made; great polish; pure fruit; I like this wine; nice balance; reminds me more of Classic Bordeaux than a CA cult wine; nice tanat-like balance on the finish; I like the red fruit on the mid-palate transitioning to black fruit mixed w/ dark chocolate components on the finish; interesting wine; WE-95; GV-92+
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