Unlike Allen Meadows who scored this wine 77 points, I loved this wine. Meadows says that the warmth overpowers the finish and compromises the balance - I didn't detect warmth in this wine; perhaps because of six additional years of age. It is without doubt a rich, ripe wine - nothing subtle about it. But that's what I was looking for, and I was rewarded.
Big, rich, ripe, sweet, concentrated wine. No one would mistake this for a Burgundy - if one likes Allen Meadow-style subtle Pinots, steer clear of this. It's a gorgeous wine that needs at least six hours in the decanter, at which time everything comes together in harmony. I have another bottle that I could hold for several more years, but why postpone the pleasure?
A big ripe extracted style, yet well balanced wine. Showy with nice baking spices. Still quite fruit forward with warm mixed blueberry, strawberry, and cherries. A touch of heat and a hint of age, but otherwise a nice acidic streak profiles a pleasant lift. Good weight and long finish. Big enough to hold up to a steak, yet able to complment salmon nicely as well.
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