Given the vintage, I expected this may have some bigger tones, and it did mainly in the aromatics. It's got a bit of that cologne/soapy aromatic that I associate to wines that exude higher ABV. A bit of that was here. What I found cool with this bottle, however, is that when I paired it up with food, it for me transformed. The red fruit, the cracked spice and the remaining acidity went great with the spinach salad we had, which may sound odd. It was dressed with a poppy seed dressing, raspberry and strawberry. And, I found the wine still very youthful, in that the finish reflected some real structure. Not much of this was made but for whomever may still own these, my advice would be to decant, recognize there is some size here but this went well with dinner and I enjoyed it.
Book Club (Maro Grill, Laguna Beach): Blind - guessed Syrah and California, and felt good about it. Not. This likes like a big syrah in the glass. There's some heat and the legs are streaming down the glass but it's only 14+% ABV. Nose is blood, iron, stone, and dark fruit. Palate is prickly tannins and tart blackberry, ripe raspberry, and brush. Cool wine.
Has an awesome violet, slightly perfum-y nose. Tastes like a purple jolly rancher minus the sweetness, plus a bit of a tart cranberry/pomegranate thing and some rusticness. Medium to high acid, little tannin. Pretty cool wine. Kind of like half malbec for the purpleness, half Grenache for the candy. More concentrated and delicious on day two. Bargain price.
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