August 23, 2020 - PnP at cellar temp- rich purple fruits, tobacco and cedar on the nose.
Blueberries, black pepper and tobacco in the mouth. 12 year old tannins are mostly resolved and the acid is on point. The wood makes its presence known texturally on the finish while also adding a little secondary flavors to the mostly smooth and ripe fruit.
Composed and drinking well over a couple of hours. Seems to be just entering the smooth and polished phase... Drink now and hold depending on your preferences.
April 4, 2020 - Popped the cork and let the bottle breathe for 3 hours. Nose of red fruits and some medicinal alcohol, not really strong. No problem with alcohol on the palate - a mighty blast of red to purple fruit seamlessly moving toward a finish of white pepper and tar. A comparatively simple thing - I sat for a long time trying to tease more details out, but for me that's pretty much it. Time goes by and youi're having fun, really a delicious wine.
October 29, 2019 - The QPR isn't great but the wine is very decent.
In the glass it shows some bricking.
The nose is very nice with complex spice and fruit, sweet tobacco, a warmth and complexity I enjoy.
Palate is warm and smooth, rich with nice complexity. A little heat on the finish doesn't really detract.
January 11, 2019 - Drank this beside a 2010 Pomerol. Very comparable and classy wine. Same on day two with little to no degradation. Long time ahead for this wine. Will hold my last bottle as long as possible.
September 28, 2018 - Terrific bottle. 2 hour decant and it continued to improve, suggesting longevity ahead. Layered fruit, refined tannins. The whole package.
May 4, 2018 - Hommage a DryCab - Washington Wines release; 5/3/2018-5/5/2018 (Various spots in Walla Walla): Maybe my favorite of the Creative Impulse vertical. There's almost a candied quality to the fruit. It's got plenty of spice and pepper. Some floral. A pretty wine. Very enjoyable.
May 20, 2017 - Excellent wine.
January 14, 2017 - Still needs time. It's been four and a half years since the last one, and it's as if time has stood still. When I removed the cork and poured directly to decanter (for aeration, there really was no sediment), it was all vanilla and slathery oak. Sigh. Left to aerate for 2 hours before dinner, this was full of (some) primary, but (mostly) secondary features on the nose and palate - which are pretty lock step with one another. However, this wine did the same thing it did all those years ago, and once it's had enough air, it actually becomes a BDX blend, a wine with distinguishable features, bright tones and very pretty accents. It's as if it needs the air to shed its outer skin, a skin composed of creamy oak, jammy fruits, vanilla, milk chocolate - yuck, it even hurts to write such things. But, the wine, a real testament to some fine work in the vineyard, rises above all that at the 4 hour mark and becomes a dead-ringer for a (modern) left bank BDX effort. As with the last wine, this will no doubt be at its best and most complete (if you're looking for these things, if you just want creamy, jammy fruits, do a PnP) on day 2. If I had any left, I'd open in 5-6 years - it's when the real interest will likely be there (while the acid is not ideal for long-term, it should hold for mid-term cellaring); for my palate, anyway. 15,1% abv. (resolved), thru 2028. recommended
Served non-blind, opened for a dear friend. (if opening anytime soon, this really begs for fatty red meats at this stage if pairing with food). It's as if, with enough air, this wine has gone to boot camp (overweight, lethargic, boring) and come back fit and ready to rumble.
December 21, 2016 - Some menthol and earth on the nose. Rich and soft on the palate, with lots of dark plum and leather. Soft, well integrated tannins and nicely balanced acidity. Mellowed out with some air, and overall really nice.
October 27, 2016 - Decanted 30 min while it came up from cellar temp. Nose of raspberry, saddle leather and light oak. Flavors of cassis, baking spices, sweet red berry, leather, lightly toasted oak and a lonnnnng finish of raspberries and cream. Mouthfeel is unreal...super creamy and rounded. We paired this with panang curry and it was surprisingly good! The creaminess seemed to temper the spice of the curry well. This shouldn't have paired as well as it did, but...wow.
Glad we have another bottle in the cellar. This was amazing, and just a baby! Drink now with air through 2025.