Had the good fortune to drink one of these tonight, a bottle that didn't get any advance air. Boy, this was good tonight. I appreciated the absence of any boozy signature, along with the solid balance and weight of this wine. Just drank pretty superb and from looking at my note from last September, tonight's bottle outclassed that bottle and I still don't see this 2005 fading. I'd hold if you only have one left and see how this further evolves but from what I drank tonight, there is no fade in this wine.
This was a big step up from the 2002 Three Birds. The alcohol was hidden in this wine, and there was more depth and complexity. Again I only had a small pour but I enjoyed this. The more of these I have, the more a realize I'm a fan of the Two Acres bottling.
I let this sit in the glass for about 30 mins. A smoky note and some early hints of 2ndary flavors, both which I enjoy here. Medium plus body, with the fruit reflecting a nice ripe core, as well as a tangy tobacco leaf note and hard cherry candy that gives is some glossy edges. The finish reflects a nice mix of blue and red fruit with ample acidity still giving it a tangy finish. No signs of fading and in fact the next stage of aging flavors are beginning so this would be a bottle I would track.
The wine is a deep maroon color. The stunning nose has blackberries, warm baking spices, melted licorice, eucalyptus, graphite, minerals, dark bittersweet chocolate, scorched earth, and some underbrush. This has a fairly full body, mostly integrated tannins, and good acidity. This is rich and lush on the palate with layers of fruit, spice, and earthy elements that take turns leading the show. The finish is very long and flavorful. This wine is in a fantastic place and is rich and smooth. No hurry on this one, it should hold for at least a few more years.
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