Medium garnet-red color, watery-edged. Mints and cherry leap out of the glass aromatically, hints of eucalyptus oil, cedar. On arrival, low tannin and low acidity. Flavors match the nose entirely, with cocoa powder added. Finishes smooth, lovely, easy, toothless. Some barrels from Martha's Vyd (young vines, replanted) made their presence known here. Bottle #12 of twelve.
Tasted at a beach barbecue at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Bottle provided by Jim Irwin. Bright disc. Opaque garnet robe with brick/orange rim. Clean nose, showing a very intense, complex bouquet of cigar box, mint, plum, coffee, leather and kirsch. The nose could not be denied despite the beach setting (which is clearly not conducive to critical tasting). Full-bodied on the palate, with melted tannins and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, smooth finish. Surprisingly lovely at this point and fully mature, this wine has enough residual fruit to ensure enjoyment for another five years or so.
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