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Community Tasting Notes (164) Avg Score: 90.2 points

  • A significant (and remarkable) improvement from the previous bottle tasted in 2011. 20+% Petite Sirah provides an impressive backbone to the wine and requires patience with it (i.e., several years of cellaring are optimal). This is a great example of what few years of cellaring do to a good bottle. Upon opening, beautiful nose and lots of pleasant, albeit somewhat raw, cedar. Decanting improved the wine further. After 1.5-2.0 hours of decanting, the hollow mid-palate filled in and became full and expansive; cedar notes became more balanced, with soulful sweetness on the palate (without being cloy). Delicious wine. Wish I had more left in the cellar.

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  • Delicious. After a few hours of air, the wine is a beautiful mouthful of complex, layered dark fruits and some spice with well integrated tannins and a touch of oak. Drinking very well. Like dessert. 93+

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  • Showing so much better than a previous bottle I had in 2010. The extra bit of age made a difference. This is better on the 2nd day; there is more weight and balance and the fruit is more complex. There is so much going on here; very satisfying, especially with the right food.

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  • Took to a party, so no detailed notes. Compared to a bottle ten months ago, however, it has dramatically improved. Should hit its stride about a year from now.

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  • Heavy TCA on the nose. Has a little bit of life on the palate, but it's quite muted and there's a very sharp edge to it. Shame.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156, (See more on Vinous...)

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