Non-blind. Dbl-decanted over 4 hrs. @La Verdura (Yokohama). Impression: Almost very good. Over-haussed Rudolf Steiner wine. Comes with paper note "...blah---blah-blaah we are soooo ECO friendly..." and in an ECO-unfriendly extra large, extra heavy bottle that is just sooo *sigh*. Fine nose of cherries, some cow and ... cherries. In the mouth, it is an integrated wine with cherries and brett. Good acids, small tannin, small singing voice. Watery, as should maybe be today's choice of wine since it's Beaujolais Noveau Day today. *yiii-haaaaw* Too thin today, to merit a higher score. Might fatten up on the mid-palate. If ordered as "the house red" at a restaurant, it would be perceived as a very good choice. Will try to enjoy the remaining 4 btls. Will never buy again. (Can't believe my previous TN.)
Non-blind. Triple decanted over 3 hours. Groups impression: Still very young. Angrily throwing aggressive tannins at you, denying direct access to its treasures. However, with consecutive tiny sip-air-sip-air..., a restrained plummy wine emerges. Showing off a sustainable structure with a graceful array of dark berries, earthy tones and licorice aromas draped in twirling tannins. Fine acids. I hope this will be fabulous in a few years' time. Next bottle in 2014.
Devenish Thanksgiving Tasting (Brown Trading Company): Sangiovese. Med- ruby in the glass. A pure town of beautiful cherry on the nose. The palate was a letdown - sawdust. Med- body, dusty tannins. Maybe the oak will calm down on this with age? Not sure if that happens with wines like this.
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