July 13, 2019 - Drank this on the mondavi grounds for a concert.
Pnp and had big blackberry right up both nose and first touch. Light oak, no vanilla (yea!) Med tannins med high acidity. Interesting pepper earth finish. (Zin like) We only had some nuts with it and that acid needs more food.
Should soften a bit with age.
Got better with 2nd pour so maybe open an hour or so next time.
June 30, 2019 - Peppery. Very good with beef.
May 31, 2019 - Nice dark red fruit, very smooth tannic structure, but lacking acidity and complexity. Came off a tad hot and fruit-bombey, but otherwise a very good short term drinker.
April 15, 2019 - Smooth and accessible enough - It's not a vanilla bomb, but maybe a tad too much of the sweeter side of oak for my tastes. A bit of metal on the finish, but I'm picking nits. Not an unreasonable value.
April 15, 2019 - should improve with time
April 4, 2019 - Needs time. Got this on sale for $22 in PA on a special sale, 2 more bottles to go. Will try to wait at least a year for the next. Easier said than done!
March 31, 2019 - A bit flat at first, needs air time to open up.
March 29, 2019 - Medium purple. Nose of oak, baking spice, Ripe black fruit.. med plus acid. Med plus tannins. Changing w time. Very decent balance. Honestly there is a lingering ripeness that makes me think that u better drink now vs sitting down. Hence the 88-89...... post note edit.. finish shows tannins. Digging more with time.
March 23, 2019 - Nose: Dark red fruits, vanilla, soft spice and earth from a forest floor.
Palate: Same dark red fruits, greater spice with some oak and deep earth.
Medium dark Ruby. Dry (slightest hint of sweetness) with medium, fine and chewy tannins. Medium body with light acidity. Great finish of about 8-10 seconds. Deep and intense flavors. Big on the spice notes though. It maintains throughout and persists on the finish. Stands out more than the fruit and earth. Good quality to price ratio. If you enjoy spice, this is a great buy. Smooth and approachable now but can also sleep for about 6-8 years is my guess.
February 17, 2019 - 2ª versão desse edição comemorativa.
A 1ª foi com uvas colhidas em 2013 e teve a Merlot em destaque.
Neste 2014 a protagonista foi a CS (73%), com parcelas menores de Franc, Merlot e PV (23-2-2%). Estagiou em carvalho por 21m.
Rubi profundo. Aromas de frutas negras maduras, ervas finas, chocolate. Taninos bem presentes, mas não incomodam, acidez equilibrada, corpo de médio para encorpado, boa intensidade e final persistente, devolvendo notas de café.
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