May 4, 2018 - Certainly showing it's age, the nose and palate is low on fruit but high on the brambly herbaceous tones. Worked well with pasta, sausage, and sauce. Has a bit of an acidic bite to it on the finish, but still very tasty and balanced overall.
October 28, 2013 - Clear ruby garnet in the glass. Cherry and raspberry with New World Christmas candy sheen. Smooth on the nose-echoing palate: almost negligible tannins, medium body feel despite high (14.4%) alcohol, dark rubber lengthy finish. Probably as good as it will get. Drink up within the next year or so.
July 7, 2011 - The nose on the glass seemed fine, and even the first couple sips appeared ok. But it rapidly started giving me an odd taste and feeling in the mouth, and then turned so rancid as to make it undrinkable. All within like 10 minutes of opening it.
October 13, 2010 - Delicious, fragrant, medium body, balanced. Recommend decanting (lots of sediment). An absolute crowd pleaser. Will purchase again.
July 13, 2009 - Much better than the first bottle I consumed, enjoyed the strawberry and a hint of what I thought to be raisin. Was really a nice wine and would buy again
July 5, 2009 - Dark ruby color. Wine threw off a decent amount of sediment. Simple strawberry profile on the nose and palate with moderate oak treatment. Light body, smooth finish with a sweet note. Enjoyable but a bit too basic.
May 19, 2009 - On the nose I found chocolate dessert, drizzled with raspberry sauce, and followed by a savory herb component. Really, I got chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, herbs, red currants, flowers, and just really bright red fruit all around. In the mouth I found flavors of red berries, raspberries, red cherries, milk chocolate, really bright red fruit, and just a lovely taste of a silky milk chocolate bar.
December 11, 2008 - Significantly better than the bottle I had a few months ago. Or maybe my taste buds have changed. Lots of fruit, mostly strawberry. Paired this with some dark chocolate that was decadent.
November 15, 2008 - Earthy/spicy/fruity on the nose. Well balanced fruit and tannin with a lengthy peppered finish.
October 14, 2008 - I really like this wine, the fruit is so well integrated with the spice on the nose; Clove, strawberry and raspberry. Plenty of firm tannins on the initial sip, then the acid kicks in and more juicy strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry. Nice lingering finish leaves me thirsting for more.