had with dinner so no formal notes, but this was drinking beautifully. Perfectly balanced with plenty of fruit and just the right amount of tannin and acidity. Going strong and showing no signs of fading
Beautiful is the word! Nothing intrusive but everything is in harmony, and it sings harmony not only by itself but with everything else on the dinner table. Velvety tannin and just the right amount of acidity frame up beautifully concentrated fruit. As it evolves in the glass, it does not skip a beat in balance and elegance til the very end. Graceful finish just lingers and lingers...
Cathy Corison's wines at Arlequin (Arlequin SF): Medium red, moderate plus concentration. The nose shows signs of age: Some dark fruits, but mostly sweet stewed tamales, hint of savory stewed ripe bell pepper character. Sweet tobacco, slightly oxidative in nature. In the mouth, classic Corison: Medium body, medium alcohol [also 13.6%], excellent savory sweet-tobacco and cedar midpalate aromatics with a hint of Brett and some dusty wood spice (smells like faint fine-grained freshly-sanded wood to me) [French oak, 50% new]. Elevated acid and plush moderate-intensity tannins. Reminiscent of a the ’95 York Creek, but softer, plusher, slightly more youthful, and less pastiche - this is elegant and developing beautifully. Long finish. Score: Between 9 and 9.5 $125
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