Tasted side by side with a 1999 Hartwell, and while the wines were very different, both were excellent in their own way. Expressive nose, showing some cab franc in the blend and a bit of volatility. Bone dry, balanced acidity, tannins not fully resolved. Very Bordeaux-like in taste and structure, the wine seemed quite young still and, properly stored, should continue to age well for several years.
Nose of burnt cherry and sandalwood. Needed three hours of decanting to hit it's stride. Slightly vegetal after the first two hours Hbut blossomed in the third hour. Dark fruit with hints of chocolate on the finish. Long glycerin finish that coats your mouth.
I visited this winery on my honeymoon and met the owners. They were a cute and gracious couple.
If I hadn't waited a second night, it might have only been a 92. Opens up nicely and first night was an interesting mix of fruit and pepper and maybe a hint of the vegetal characteristics referenced in other notes, but in such a way that it wasn't a negative, more a refined old world sort of taste. After pumping and then opening up last 1/3 of bottle on night two, after sitting out another hour +, it is just fabulous. Softer and with all the interesting flavors and then some. Still drinking just fine; I think this is fully mature but could go on a while yet
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.