Dark purple. Reserved nose of blackberry, dark fruit with some licorice and earth, needs serious coaxing. On the palate this is quite dense, no peppery Rhone side, ripe and full bodied, lots of tannins. A great wine in the making I am sure but not much pleasure today. Wait till 2020.
Very dark red towards black; nice deep dark red fruit; nice and rounded, lots of taste, some pepper, mild tannins; very deep nice and dark with some leanness to it; long aftertaste; very good and intense
TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Justin commented this is very California big syrahesque and I agree. Intense inky black fruit driven nose, blackberry, black cherry, dust, licorice, a hint of black olive, lavender and charred steak. Incredible concentration, dark jammy black fruit driven palate impression, unctuous and chewy, bright acidity and noticeable sweet tannins. This is still a baby but if you enjoy opulent young syrah fruit, you will enjoy this a lot. Not as kinky and complex as La Las but still very impressive and enjoyable.
No detailed notes. Extraordinary purity and length. Beef jerky, cured italian salami, and just hours of hedonistic feral qualities that lingered long after the wine itself was gone. The most masculine of any Hermitage I've had from 2000 onwards, with a nonetheless surprisingly soft structure and no heat whatsoever. No sweetness, and I can appreciate the bordeaux-esque qualities noted below, though I almost got a decadent mushroomy/espresso quality that overlapped with some St. Emilion I've had (C. Monbosquet comes to mind).
Worth every penny, and went surprisingly well with grilled king salmon with morels and even better with dark chocolate pecan pie. To be able to drink this on a weekly basis...I can't even imagine where it will be in 10-15 years.
EVS -- Wild game and wilder wines dinner: Nose of dark raspberry and menthol, with a pronounced dollop of oak. A very complex mouth feel, with ripe fruit and mineral, long body. Sparkles with different flavors -- plumbs, sour and sweet dark fruits, vanilla. Very young and powerful, reminiscent of an Aussie style wine making. Liked the taste quite a bit; has a hard time getting past the oak on the nose.
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