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.
The nose showed intense crushed blackberry, cherry liquor, cola and eucalyptus with savory hints of charred meat, dark soil and herbs in the background. On the palate, It displayed weighty, silky textures with flavors of black fruit, licorice, bitters and peppery spice, yet there's a hint of perceptible heat here, which swayed it from balance. A bitter twang lingered through the finish with dark fruits clinging to the senses.
I want to love this, but the heat gets in the way a little, yet still a good effort.
Slightly unbalanced with alcohol showing through on the finish. Suspect this may be starting to lose some of the fruit that initially covered the high alcohol. Still inky purple with lots of fruit but I would not hold too much longer. Nice wine.
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