Still young, the 2006 Laurel at first offered a totally unintegrated impression with wood and acidity wandering away in totally different directions. After about an hour in the glass, the wine came together and actually provided pleasurable drinking. The palate is dominated by ample dark mature fruit and rather harsh and sandy tannins which are adjoined by an ok length on the finish. If drinking anytime soon, be sure to decant at least a couple of hours! (score is 92+)
Big, and alcoholic. This is the kind of wine that is right up Big Jay Miller's alley. The ripe fruit here is good with a licorice note, more Rhone like than like Priorat to me. The Carineno and garnacha seem to dominate. Has acids and tannins to provide some balance, but the heat from the alcohol is still pretty noticeable. Any oak here is well integrated.
Down to just five from my original case. I wish I had the self control to lay off, but this seriously one of th most enjoyable wines I have ever had. It is balancing out perfectly in the bottle, trading some of the edge for A little fnesse on the finish. This maybe the single best "second label" I have ever had.
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