No visible age showing. Popped and poured and this one was very strange from the start, kind of bitter and really lacking any fruit flavor initially. After about an hour some fruit began to emerge and filled out the palate a bit, but still was lacking fruit or interest overall. I'd say this was still possibly improving at the end of the bottle (2hr) but the overall impression left me wondering whether I should have popped it right off the truck and enjoyed it for its great fruit profile when young? I still have a vertical of 06-08 so maybe a side by side with a decant is in order...
PnP at home after attending wine dinner with sweetish, mediocre wines. Perfect antidote. Opaque. Dense, earthy mouthfeel. Started with plum and blackberry, with a hint of cherry/strawberry, plus middle eastern spices. Finish was shortish, but intense. Dry. Earthy. Not a hint of fruit jam. As it opened, the flavors swirled and separated, with the red fruit stepping up, and the finish lengthened. VacUVined and refrigerated the rest for a party 2 days from now. Stay tuned. NOTE: this bottle was stored for two years in a shipping case in a closet, and not cellared properly, so it might have matured a little quicker.
Was in a celebratory mood so pulled a wine that I thought would have some gravitas. Have enjoyed the '06 vintage from Carlisle over time, but this drank surprisingly young. Intense, black fruit and structure. Only started to unwind after a hour or two of air. Much bigger, but also better wine than the '05 version. Will hold my remaining '06 for at least a two more years. Once softened with air, started getting some blood sausage, a hint of garrique, and some base iron qualities. But the grip of the fruit still dominates today.
Have been cellaring well since I received from Carlisle. Popped and started pouring. This bottle is great. Great concentrated dark fruit with some real tarry dirt and a little white pepper on the nose and pallet. Almost northern Rhone early on. I am really glad I decided to wait on this bottle because at 9 years old, it was really good. A little tartness after open about 4 hours so I'm not sure this will get any better.
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