YES! Served after the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Carlisle JBV's, this indeed showed some welcome evolution in the most positive way! Tannins had begun to take the backseat and the overall impression was that of a wine IN BALANCE! Everything fits perfectly together. Notes not dissimilar to the other vintages and not yet tertiary. Rich, intense, balanced, complex with a lovely mix of primary and secondary flavours and as mentioned, beautifully soft tannins.
Dinner with friends (Chris and Renee's): Wow. Great showing for this wine. Pop and pour, it is still young with a long life ahead. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, iodine, a very deep leather component. Just hauntingly beautiful. On the palate, this is tighter than the nose. With air and swirling, there are black raspberries, black pepper, and damp leather qualities. delicious. Complex. great balance. Long finish. Just a wonderful wine. Remembering back to the Saxum JBV, this seems darker, less "fruity", and that deep leathery note is really intriguing. Both great takes but different.
Black with a deep ruby rim. Complex nose of blackberry syrup, lavender, rose, and black pepper. Full bodied and dense on the palate with lots of fine, ripe tannins. Got better over an hour in the glass. 92+ pts.
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