June 1, 2019 - Echoing prior notes, this drank beautifully, with the pepper and sweet blackberry palate in perfect balance. The only reason for posting a note again is that the wine seemed to lose power and focus after thirty minutes in the glass, suggesting that this has decidedly moved from hold to drink.
May 28, 2019 - Truly outstanding wine. So incredibly sorry this is our last bottle. Red berries, plenty of acidity, no signs of age.
December 23, 2018 - My last bottle, so sad, it was great to the end.
November 12, 2018 - Drinking beautifully! Delicious red berries and earthy notes on the nose and savory palate with juicy acidity on the long finish.
November 5, 2018 - Ripe, with good acidity. Warm climate presentation. Red-fruited. Oaky. 14.8% alc.. I do not see this getting any better, so best to Drink Now.
May 28, 2018 - Outstanding. A great example of Northern Rhone treatment of new world fruit at absolutely the peak moment in this bottle's life. Bits of tar, bacon and garrique on barely sweet new world fruit.
January 26, 2018 - Wow! Dense, gritty, and earthy on the palate. Appealing notes of charcoal, tire rubber, and smoke. Chewy, yet balanced.
August 1, 2017 - Popped and poured. This was probably the best showing for this wine of half a dozen bottles over the past few years. Aromatically expressive, savory, just a touch of heat on the finish. I wish it was more readily available in my market.
July 29, 2017 - Ripe berry, not too complex. An edge of spice. Well balanced.
March 25, 2017 - Four hour decant, and as a first I can say that it was likely too long. The nose began well, with cured meat, strawberry, cherry and earth. The palate began well but quickly showed itself as very flabby, there was not enough acid or tannin to hold up the red fruit and flesh, this had fallen over. Breaking out cheese to pair with it made it drinkable. I would suggest PnP this one, too much air time took all the structure away.