Pride, Thackrey, Kapcsandy, Chidaine & Santana (Sharon and Sashi's): Purple in color. Still drinking young and in no danger of going over the hill. I doubt it improves though. The nose has black raspberries, slight floral notes and a bit of black pepper. Just the slightest bit of toasty oak. On the palate, this has tight layering. Juicy acidity. Slight tannins. Lots of black raspberry fruit. Nice finish. Lovely wine.
Cousin Dave opened this when I picked up a bunch of wine from his cellar. Dark fruited, lots of sediment in the glass, tannins still present, blackberry palate. There is no way one would mistake this for a Rhone wine, but then again, the oak is not overt and the alcohol is in check. As it airs and warms to room temperature, the wine seems to soften and Syrah tire rubber notes emerge, yet the tannins still have a hold on the palate. Overall, rather one-dimensional. I can't see this becoming any more compelling with additional age.
COLOR: Garnet w/light ruby rim NOTE: Definitely a red-fruit spectrum wine at this point, which is not what I remembered. This bottle almost seems to lack the opulence and body of previous bottles, verging on lean and angry old man notes. Nose is nice enough, with a lot of red raspberry, dried strawberry and dried leaf. Mouth is rehydrated dried strawberries, not entirely pleasant, angular, harsh. Finish is like a bitter old woman, deprived of her joy, seeking to suck out every ounce of moisture in your bones. Perhaps this bottle is flawed? I rated the last one as 9.3++!!! Oh well, this is what happens with old soldiers. Rest in peace my friend.
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