It took quite a while, but this creosote-soaked duckling has finally turned into a swan. Aside from a hint of licorice, no traces of road tar, etc. remain. Purple. Medium body. Good finish. All kinds of Rhonish complexity - grilled meat, underbrush, minerals, and most of all, white pepper. My last bottle. wish I'd waited 'til now on the others.
Almost two years since I last tasted this wine. At that time, it was dominated by road tar/creosote. Now it's about 50/50, creosote and fruit (Black and blue). Medium to full body and a fairly good finish, still too wild and wooly for consumption in polite company. I'm going to give my third and final bottle another 18 to 24 months.
Decanted about an hour. Deep ruby to purple color. Blackberries, fresh cracked black pepper, creosote, smoke, meat juices, some earthiness, and citrus zest on the nose. Medium body with solid tannins and very nice acidity. More savory than fruity on the palate, in a very good way. Fairly long finish with just a bit of stems showing. This is still quite young and needs some air or another year in the cellar. Very enjoyable today, better down the road.
Opened and decanted about 45 minutes before drinking. Almost overwhelming notes of creosote on the nose. On the palate, the same creosote, along with some black and blue fruit. Over the course of an hour or so, the creosote subsided somewhat, particularly on the palate. BIG fruit, with an almost citrusy note on the finish. Medium body, but the big fruit lingered quite awhile. Once it calms down a little, I THINK this wine will merit a score in the low 90s, but it might take another couple years.
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