• Jarl701 Likes this wine: 100 points

    November 9, 2019 - Very nice indeed

  • jdkrabbe wrote: 99 points

    May 4, 2019 - Amazing wine. Med transparency ruby with notable rim variation. Smells of dried bull rushes and black tea. Freshly turned clay soil. Leather and withered cherry and cooked plum and inside of old garden shed. extremely long and full mouth smooth rounded off-dry finish.

  • westopherguy Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 17, 2019 - Nose is tomato — the fruit, the stems, the leaves — somewhat herbal, meaty as well. Palate is nice; very earthy, barnyard, pepper — both black and green — with black licorice (anise). The tannins still have some grip, which surprises me after 15 years, but soft all in all. Complex, mature, enjoyable, and very fun. Had this bottle sitting around for three years after receiving it as a Christmas gift, and enjoying the gift yet again.

  • Whine-oh Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 13, 2017 - Medium bodied old world red. Popped in poured table side. Some nice light fruit with a subtle nose. Pallet spanned the earthiness of a French Rhone with the light fruit of the Grenache combined with some aging gave a nice start to finish wine. Someone at dinner side one that had a taste mentioned that they could identify taste of pepper in this wine. Definitely in a good place now, not sure what more aging would do for this.

  • RVaughn2 wrote: 91 points

    April 16, 2017 - This wine is showing in prime form right now. It has a medium-body, with really pleasant acid and tannin in perfect harmony right now.

    The bouquet is of red fruit (think sweet cherries and ripe plums), along with a hint of forest floor, mushrooms, and tar. Maybe a hint of anise in there as well.

    The flavor profile is similar to the bouquet, still showing a strong core of fresh red fruit (cherries and strawberries for me), some umami flavors (maybe soy sauce or caramelized mushrooms), and finishing with a distinct note of black licorice. Finish is medium to long.

    I think this wine is excellent right now; it could last another year or two, but I don't know why you would hold it...DRINK.

  • smphelps wrote: 90 points

    February 11, 2016 - At this stage of life, brick red with slight tan lines. Old leather, mushroom, roast meat, pepper dominate with the barnyard of youth virtually gone. Still vibrant, but mature. Medium long. From the list, Capital Cellars, Boise Id.

  • saturnaisland wrote: 90 points

    January 11, 2016 - Mature wine. Subdued red plummy fruit up front with hints of old leather and earth and mushroom. A touch of barnyard. Smooth and mellow.

  • Kitura Likes this wine: 89 points

    August 13, 2014 - Ruby with browning and some sediment. Initially it was all red fruits and some earth. There was an astringency on the finish initially that wasn't nice, but this eventually started to go away. Later on the wine took on a meaty, unami component. Good wine, but it was better a couple of years ago.

  • kietkopelli wrote: 81 points

    April 16, 2013 - I could have bad bottle but I don't think so. This wine is utterly horrible. On the nose it smells like a wet dog and wet moss. In the mouth it's sharp with almost an aerosol mouth feel and tight tight tannins.

    The first sip was bad. So I decanted for 1 hour and poured another glass. That was bad too. Poured back into the bottle and let sit overnight. The next evening it was still bad. Poured the rest down the drain.

  • peterchoy wrote: 90 points

    December 15, 2012 - Appearance: Bright and clear, medium (-) intensity garnet with legs.
    Nose: Clean, with medium intensity of red fruit such as baked plum and raspberry, dried fruit of prune, sweet spice such as cloves, animal notes of leather and farmyard with some maturity notes of forest floor. The wine is developing.
    Palate: Dry, with medium acidity and medium (+) tannin of grippy texture, this wine is of medium (+) alcohol with a medium body. Medium intensity of red fruit such as plum and raspberry, sweet spice of cloves, dried fruit of prune, it has a medium (-) finish.
    Conclusion: Good quality level premium CDP with reasonably intense nose and palate, showing good complexity, however it has certain flabbiness and with only a fairly short length, indicating the wine has reached the end of its life and should be drunk now and not to further age.