May 28, 2018 - - Brick color - Ignore my previous BS comment. LOL. Cracked another bottle last night and the wine was rich and thick with jammy fruit and power to spare. Glad I still have a few left in the cellar, but I will be drinking them all over the next 12 months.
March 19, 2018 - From my cellar. Unfortunately past its prime, but still brings back great memories. Good news is I still have 6 bottles to enjoy as a good, but no longer great wine.
January 29, 2016 - Plum, dark fruit, leather and tar, with a hint of coffee and mocha flavors. Smooth, rich texture. Drinking nicely with a decant.
October 29, 2014 - Leather, cedar and black, dark fruit. Not quite a 90 pt wine, but good.
September 5, 2013 - Hart Davis Hart BYOB Dinner (Hinterland Gastropub, Milwaukee, WI): Pleasant fruit and generally appealing balance, save for a touch of the heat of the vintage. From magnum, tasted quickly on the way out the door, not scored.
January 5, 2013 - Dark fruit, leather, licorice and cedar flavors. Definitely mountain fruit. Something is missing to make it a 90 point wine, but it's drinking nicely and is a good, not great, bottle.
January 1, 2013 - Sadly, a little past its prime. Everything was good - body, fruit, structure - but all a little muted. Somewhat tannic on opening and decanting, but mellowed within a half hour. Stood up okay to rack of lamb - it might have been better accompanying a pork tenderloin or even fowl. Typical black and blue fruit notes.
If you have some, open it now [I confess I bought this at auction a few months ago and don't know if it was optimally stored - the cork crumbled, but there was no excessive ullage]. Plan on enjoying it, but for us it wasn't a "wow."
The brick color made me fearful of oxidation, but there was no harshness I typically associate with an oxidized red wine. The finish was soft. I suppose the backhanded compliment I'd give this wine is, "What's not to like?"
March 31, 2012 - Rich and powerful wine. Fully integrated fruit strong from front to back. In full swing, right around peak - certainly not on the decline - and probably still has a year or two to develop fully. Wonderfully enjoyable wine.
December 16, 2011 - Still had more time to go. Dark fruit, cedar, dark chocolate with a nice round mouth feel. A well made wine and a great bargain at this price point. Going to pick some more up.
October 24, 2011 - this wine has been so strange - the prior 2 bottles have been disgusting, no fruit, astringent, just nothing there. i have 3 left and tonight i was determined to "fill or kill" - its either good , or down the drain on the remaining bottles. maybe its the wine's desire to live that had it turned around, but the bottle tonight was excellent - exactly what i would think would happen at this stage with a wine that was tannic in its youth. it was bright ruby coloured, had a nice nose of fruit and leather and it had a full mouth feel of berry. wow - w ould have scored higher but i'm still a bit jaded by some past bottless.