Lots of wood spices in the nose, along with dark fruits, fresh mints, and violets; quite jammy on the palate, stewed fruits, dark chocolate, and wood spices again; very long finish and also rather jammy; overall, 91-92 points at this stage; opened this bottle to compare with Alpha Crucis 2010 from Chalk Hill tasted 2 days ago; well, the score showed which one I preferred.
Needed a day to fully open up. But, wow was it ever good. Amazing full and concentrated with a finish that lingered for well over a minute. The wine looks inky colored. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, blueberry and strawberry jam. The body is full.
This is the first Amon Ra for us, and the first bottle of a case of 6. We couldn't resist trying a bottle even though given our household preference for some tertiary development the notes here suggest that this will almost certainly get better (for us) with more time
Not disappointed at all though.....this is a wine that demands your full attention...a wine for a quiet evening where you have the time and space to follow the bottle over the course of the evening. Great straight out of the bottle, better still after 5+ hours of air. Big and slightly brooding, yes, but not at all over the top, and although the fruit (and oak) are still dominant they are also delicious and there are already more savoury layers underneath that keep you sipping the moment the (extremely long) finish from the prior taste is finally fading. Nice acidity and tannin balance (esp with a bit more air)...not ferocious, more a gentle giant, ultimately more cuddly than I expected.
Can't wait to see what happens to this over the years ahead.
Maybe in a dumb phase, or perhaps I was in a dumb phase as I'd drunk too much and had some palate fatigue by this point. Falls short of my grandiose memories of this wine, sadly. Offers a rich jammy aroma laced with coconut-y oak, a thick biscuity palate, and medium length aftertaste. Decanted for an hour. Maybe needs more time.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.