Very dark, big muscles. I'm getting pine needles, black fruit, anise, licorice, chalky note, and firm tannins. Nice grip on the long finish. While this still has plenty of structure it's nicely balanced.
Carlisle In The OC: Hey hey, this has held up great. Cork broke in 1/2 on opening but after getting the other 1/2 loose, the wine pours with no browning edges at all. Instead, pure red that is just moderately dark but more lighter ruby. Inside? Acid, red fruits, fresh and youthful. I'd simply have no basis for calling this wine 15 years old if served blind, as that is how fresh it tastes right from the magnum. Maybe air will cause this to change directions but first look, this is really good. Nice lithe finish, with sweet cherry fruit and a kiss of tannin....and then again at dinner, the wine continues to excel with the fresh and juicy notes of strawberry. Such great purity. To bad these wines are no longer making wine, as they were taken out and replaced with Mourvedre, as part of the Two Acres plot that Mike continues to farm and bottle.
Tasted double blind. Aromas of dark fruit and mint, peppermint...you name a mint, it was here. Very hot, alcoholic and unbalanced on the palate. One dimensional aromatically, and an unbalanced mess on the palate.
($30) Black and Blue Blind: Blind Red 3 - Somewhat Grenache-like nose. Powder, pepper, wax. Black cherry. As an aside, the nose was more clove-like on day two. Black cherry. Seems like a Rhone blend from California. Big tannins, but not overpowering.
Wine Country August 2001: Barrel Sample - Blueberry nose with liqueur. Great nose. Mike suggests black cherry. Touch of fur, oak. Tannic, but to my palate not way more tannic than the two acres. Like it.
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