Wow. Big dropoff here compared to the first bottle I had of this a few years ago. Nose was still big with dark blue fruit but a dominant oak note masked a lot of the aromatics that this wine showed last time. Big and palate coating on the mouthfeel, the wine lacked some acidity and came off a bit flat and monotone on the palate, especially from a jammy fruit and oak perspective. With that said, you can tell this is a really well made wine and the fruit flavor is very intense and it's smooth drinking for a big wine. It just lacked the aromatic characteristics that really made this wine attractive the first time I had it.
This is in a really good place now. Popped & poured, then let it evolve in the glass with some twirling. Immediately aromas of blackberry, earth, blueberry, with a bit of espresso and tar. After 20 minutes, tasted: good approach, balanced mid with a long finish and integrated tannins. Hard to resist "just a little" because the glass was empty.
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(Grand RÍve Vintners Collaboration Series II Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain) A purple tinge at the rim. Leaps from the glass with game, earth, raspberries, red currant, and orange peel, along with floral and mineral notes. Aromatics so compelling its hard to take the first sip. A huge amount of inner mouth perfume. The wine is velvety with a firm grip of tannins and a long, lingering finish. Give 2 to 3 years or decant extensively. 48% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier, 1% Roussanne. 14.8% alcohol. 200 cases produced. Ross Mickel winemaker.
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