July 23, 2015 - This wine is singing right now! Deep red with brownish hue that indicates age. Interesting sweet aroma of strawberries, spices, hint of menthol, a bit earthy (or maybe cheese rind ?) Velvety smooth on entry, feels really full and juicy on the palate like juicy red fruits. Finishes with a drop of earthy spice on the back end. Really love this!
March 12, 2014 - c
March 1, 2014 - - Ruby color with medium forming legs. It's balanced with a medium body. Smooth texture with a medium finish.
February 19, 2014 - Wow! Translucent reddish brown. Sweet aromas of ripe strawberries and cherries and spices. There's black coffee and brown sugar on the background too. Given the age of his wine I was surprise how evident the fruit flavors are. Lush with ripe red fruits on the foreground and concentrated red fruits and spices on the backend. Really nice!
January 3, 2014 - Looks like 5 years in between bottles but sacrificed this one, my last, for the virtual tasting note charity over on Wine Berserkers. This note goes to help feed others through Brig's association to the Resuce Mission. I'll take a crack at this note over a few nights. Right out of the bottle, there are some secondary notes popping up--a hint, as just a touch of that spice box note that comes with older wines. Black cherry, sweet strawberry, little creamy edge to the fruit and good delineation in the wine's finish...then drinking on Day 2, I will say I like the wine more with a chill. Some of the tartness mentioned by others in their TNs, I can see that and I appreciate this quality, as it keeps the wine fresh and it's more prominent too when the wine is cooler. Kind of a tangy strawberry quality. I also can sense the remark of cola, that is akin to a root beer note. All in, where the vintage comes into play is in a riper, fatter plum flavor, the cola note too. This wine is in a transition place, between a young wine and one with some age beginning to show. My opinion would be to drink this wine now, as the flavors are well enough in synch and given the 2004 vintage, I just don't see why one would age this vintage.
November 10, 2013 - We had friends over who just got back from the Sta Rita Hills (including a trip to Clos Pepe, so I thought this would be a fun bottle. Fun is an understatement. Great fruit (and a little heat) on the nose, but rich fruit on the palate and a very strong finish. Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com
August 10, 2013 - This is the reason that I love Clos Pepe so much. Even 8-9 years out, the fruit is still ripe and plentiful (cherry, cola, and a bit of cinnamon). Great acidity and balance. Wonderful. thedrunkencyclist.com
November 25, 2012 - - Ruby color - Brick ruby color. Unfiltered. Red cherry and cranberry with licorice on the nose. On the palate ... Red fruits (cherry, strawberry) with high acidity. Soft tannins. Drinking now. Medium alcohol. Very old world in style.
November 23, 2012 - Floral nose with red fruits. Savory palate, smoke, earth. Very well integrated and balanced. Though lacking abit in stuffing and minimal fruit palate. Moderate length. Even more sediment than the last bottle and much more savory.
October 12, 2012 - Nose of cherries. Palate matches with some oak and sweetness. Cola, bark, hints of forest floor and a bit of tannin still left yet wonderfully smooth. With a bit of air developed some savory characters. Very balanced, not cloyinging at all. Moderate finish. Very pleasant. Though decant to get rid of the bits, throwing a lot of sediment.