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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 89 points

  • Served double-blind at a CT offline. bretrooks's tn of the same day is spot on. My first Tolo, but not my last. If all their wines have this kind of soul and structure, I'll be happy to taste as many as come my way. Not surprised this was opened days in advance of being served, it's crazy good at ~ $25, but not recommended for fruit-bomb lovers. 13,2% abv

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  • Double decanted for an hour three days before drinking, consumed at OCP4W XVI over 4+ hours. Similar to my 5/25/2012 note, this stood out from every other wine in the lineup due to its concentration, acid, and woody structural underpinnings. Rustic and unpolished, this comes off closer to an Amarone than most table wines, demanding a flavorful food pairing for full enjoyment.

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  • Not decanted, consumed over ~2 hours. Nearly two years after the last one, this is coming together well. It started off slightly fumey with notes of tart berry liqueur, herbs, and too-forward acids, but it really benefited from time in the glass. The last portion of the glass was definitely the best, with the fruit and acid calming down and marrying well with the herbal, woodsy notes. It even seemed to gain some length in the finish as well.

    Plenty of life in these, but for current drinking, I recommend a long decant or extended time in the glass.

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  • Decanted ~90 minutes, consumed over ~90 minutes. Good depth, but currently disjointed. Cranberry, pine, potpourri, cocoa. Not sure if it's the alcohol or neutral oak which make this somewhat austere. I'd recommend letting this, like all Josh's wines, age in bottle for a while.

    (Why do I drink these so soon? Someday I'll learn.)

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