Garnet color, dark but translucent and a hint of brick to the edge. The smells are bretty at first and then subside followed by hint of cherry cough medicine, whiffs of mint, vegetal notes, and earthy notes. The tastes are cherry, earth, tobacco, with a tart finish with a hint of tannins left.
used an ah-so to extract the cork, gently poured into a decanter, rinsed the bottle out and poured back in the bottle for a 30-minute aeration.
first of all, the cork was tremendous. ZERO bleed. amazing! the wine was a bricking pale crimson, very pinot-esque in color. but the wine was a champ! enormously expressive aromas of bay leaf, mint, tomato puree, small dried red berries, attic, tobacco, and cassis. fully integrated tannins that yielded a soft and silky texture, but a gorgeously mature flavor profile, bringing in some steeped tea. this was a treat and proof that california wines can and do age very well. if scoring, 93-95. certainly on the decline, but with a long ways to go.
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