This monstrously intense "new-age BdM" is finally beginning to settle down and showing off what is absolutely loveable with the performing BdM's. In our World it means they briskly stride rather than prance with their built in elegance. And as we prefer purpousefulness to coloured feathers and debauchery, our position is quite clear regarding this wine. Secretly, this was our hope all along, as this case was bought on a whim, from one of the whimsical "pros' " random scores and a very convincing sales guy...
Colour: early bricking from a rich red colour. Nose: still young with the odd whiff of tobacco and leather sneaking through the thick curtain of lush, pure, red fruit crowned by cherries. There is a diminishing dark-fruit-essence as well, just around the corner of the newly asphalted street. Restrained Californian in style but also showing off some (growing) Toscana-ism. One more reason to return to this wine within three yrs. (Only four btls to go, should've bought three cases.)
Palate: tannins M++, acids M++, body M. Elegant, rich, complex, layered animal etc with fabulous aromas emerging from tanned leather, used leather, unsmoked cigars and raw pipe tobacco. This is like saddels that still need to find their first horse, but faint, behind rich and lush fruit of clear cherries and other red aromas. Long, and showing off a muddled kind of minerality, as in the earthy character of better Chiantis. Very clear, very pure, very true. To love!
Used to think of this wine as a modern expression to quench our thirst of rich expressions, but it's really coming together nicely. As things are looking out now in our crystal balls, this will come in to being as a most distinguished gentleman. Just like the traditional BdM's of yore. Yay!
Wife: 92p, but expecting much development. Home dinner, my homer tomato pasta sauce and Akiko's take on Wagyu with garlic, soy and black pepper. Wow!
Nose reminded me of a bordeaux when first opened - dark fruits, spice and a bit of funk. It transformed into cherry, tar, spice and brown sugar after a bit of airtime. Not sure this is possible, but the nose actually struck me as also being "creamy". Big, rich, ripe, juicy, red cherry/cranberry with some mineral and earthy, brambly notes. Acidic character remains in place, and it still has plenty of grip. Not quite as much complexity as some prior bottles, but also seems a bit bigger, smoother and had edges that were more rounded. Very tasty. 91-92
Cherry, raspberry, tar and leather on the nose; quite beautiful and aromatic. Medium bodied and accessible to start, but after being open 2-3 hours, really hits its stride and broadens and deepens considerably. Bright red bing cherry upfront, backed with red raspberry and finishing with some tart red fruit notes. The longer it's open, the more complexity it exhibits. Very smooth, but with a solid backbone and the finish got better and better, exhibiting a strong mineral streak and good tobacco and leather notes in the background. This wine is drinking very well now, but for all that, I think it really has the chance to improve further - all the elements are there. I thought it was very good from the opening, but it strongly improved throughout the night.
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