November 10, 2018 - Tight, backwards still, took 4 hours to display any real nose.
Palate had tight young fruit and spicey dry tannins that never really hit that "worth the money" spot.
Shoot for the $$ I can immediately think of 30 wines I would rather have purchased:
- Any Auguste Clape Cornas
- Any 1996 Barolo
- Any 2000 left bank Bordeaux
- 2006 Mandala
- 2014 La Joie
- 1989 La Chappelle
- 2015 Montebello Cab
- 1996 La Jota
- Jonata La Sangra
- Any 90's Tolmach
- Any Christoph Baron
- bla bla bla yes I wasted my money
October 6, 2018 - Badly corked
March 5, 2018 - Still spectacular. Great fruit, like velvet in the mouth, typical of a Pomerol style wine.
January 27, 2018 - If you come to this expecting a lot of typical Cab Franc I think you'll be surprised or frustrated. To me this showed a lot more merlot characteristics, and was no less fine for that. Fabulous sweet spice and red berry on the nose. Clove, mace, a little pepper, and some cinnamon along with a ton of red berries (esp cassis) on the palate. Definitely has the edge over the 2003 La Joie I had recently, fwiw. Loved it. Near maturity.
December 31, 2017 - First red drank at New Year's at Tryons and very impressive. My second consecutive Merlot based wine that I've enjoyed a lot. Good flavors and depth without all that tannic mess to deal with. Seismic shift coming?
December 26, 2017 - the bottle was flawed and quickly declined in taste and had more of a brown red color.
April 25, 2017 - Tasted over two days. Showing the opulence of the 2002 vintage. Whereas the 2006 vintage Le Désir put my mind to Beychevelle, this vintage was reminiscent of the Ducru-Beaucalliou house style, and the 2003 wine from that chateau in particular. Pure velvety texture, broad shouldered and well framed, with ample red fruits, spice box, tobacco, and hints of smoke. Still young. 93-94.
March 6, 2017 - Tasted blind. The most generous wine from the outset in a difficult flight of 4. Perfumed, cinnamon, raspberry, old barrel, good acidity, a bit lactic and smelly. Kind of getting a Duero vibe here. Didn't really positively evolve in the glass and seems somewhat mature. Not getting any Franc here, oh well.
March 4, 2017 - Tasted blind. Some greenness on the nose, along with crushed rock and berry. Someone said cinnamon, which now that I smell it, really shows beautifully-like a simmering cinnamon stick. Spicy, cherry cola notes. Soft finish. A little one-dimensional. Young? No idea on region.
August 12, 2016 - Wine, Steak, and Olympics (Home (Noe st)): Medium plus ruby, hint of red at the rim. Moderate intensity nose of blackberry, tart red cherry, blackcurrant, 85% valrhona chocolate, very faint pyrazines (ripe stewed bell peppers). Dried roses.
Lithe but with some heavy cough syrup. Feels 14% (actually 14.1%).
Medium body, elevated alcohol, elevated acid, medium tannins - fine. It does seem very cab franc-like, but quite ripe.
Over time it integrated well - very cab franc - some blackcurrant but mostly stewed sweet bell pepper, black olive, brown olive. Lots of complexity on the nose is emerging. Many shades of fruit ripeness within a small band, reminds me of the lyndenhurst. Moderate plus finish.