July 19, 2019 - Decanted....lots of sediment. Excellent and refined. Well made. Medium-heavy weight. Layers of berries, cherries, mineral, anise, oak. Super smooth. The merlot adds a little sweetness to the remaining tannins. Acidity is already in the background. Definitely in peak window. Drink now-2023.
July 14, 2019 - Le voilà à point, superbe!
Cerises noires, pruneaux, thym, anis.
Longue, longue bouche.
Vraiment, vraiment bon!
January 18, 2019 - Opaque, dark red, shy but dry on the nose, shows dried leaf, berry and herbs, lush with lively acidity, bright and airy, flavors of dried cherry, graphite, flower, chalk and sage, dry, drank beautifully with NY steaks, this is absolutely in the zone right now
December 25, 2018 - Did not take detailed notes. Just remember this was singing..
November 19, 2018 - Outstanding bottle right in the drinking zone. Lots of dark cherry fruit, tangy minerality, with nice acidity and round tannins. Balanced and delicious.
August 20, 2018 - Bordeaux-like blend with drying tannins and a bit of astringency. Perhaps just a bit over the hill.
June 9, 2018 - Nearly a pop and pour. Lovely Bordeaux blend (which is on the back label). It has a minerality that is definitely more Tuscan than Medoc, otherwise clearly a claret blend. Very smooth. 20 second finish. Layers of black, blue and red fruits. A winner.
March 11, 2018 - So while in Italy I visited a well-established wine shop and asked for the fullest bodied red wines, while I enjoy Italian wines, they tend to taste a bit too light for my taste.
This was one of the recommendations, and it really hit the spot.
So there is a great deal of sediment, so straining at a minimum but filtering might have been better, as it was a bit cloudy.
Otherwise, has the dry cherry taste that is typical, but with a lot more punch. Had a smooth finish that showed age had mellowed out the tannins nicely. Another few years probably wouldn't hurt either.
It really complemented a spicy Tikka Masala as the tartness offset the rich creamy sauce (in my opinion)
January 24, 2018 - Too many hard edges and astringent
January 21, 2018 - Had a month or two ago. No detailed notes but I remmebr a ton of dark red fruit and a scorched earth Italian thing going on. Spectacular.