December 15, 2019 - Medium bodied wine with some tannins still present even though it was decanted for 6+ hours. Some heat from the alcohol comes through. Medium complexity with some fruits but none of it is in your face or overwhelming. Agree with other reviews that the wine has aged well. Unclear whether it will improve further with additional cellaring. Overall, a solid wine.
August 17, 2019 - Just perfectly at peak right now. I love how a wine at this price point can age so well and provide so much enjoyment. Great fruit on this. Not too big or rich, just perfectly medium weight. Lovely texture. So balanced. Wish I had more.
August 14, 2019 - Wow, nearly 7yrs since my first btl! PnP and test sips & sniffs lead me to slow ox this in glass and btl for 2 hours plus before dinner. Semi opaque ruby red color. Said to be a blend of 36% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 32% Cabernet Franc. Maturing aromas of tobacco leaf, berries and underbrush. Whatever level of new oak was used its completely integrated. A luxurious velvety but still energetic texture leads to balanced layers of; cherries, currants, mineral, licorice, expresso, lead pencil and herbs. New World ripe with old world balance, finesse and lift. Alc is 14.5% but it feels, smells and taste more like sub 13%. Probably the best big red I've had from the NW by a good measure. One left that Ill plan to open anytime between now and 2025. This is in a great place and ready to drink but no signs of falling off for a good while.
June 17, 2019 - Not too dissimilar from recent tastings. I think these should hold up for several more years but I think these are near their peak.
June 16, 2019 - Two+ years later, very much the same profile as before, though I think the fruit is not as fresh with more plum, cocoa, earth, tobacco perhaps, aged around the edges. Got a bit grippy in last third of bottle, and then revived and smoothed out, for an interesting wrap up of fairly lush fruit. Seems at about peak or slightly over, but nothing happening too fast. Quite a bit of sediment in bottle.
March 4, 2019 - Deep dark crimson red color. Not an overly powerful nose, but what was there expressed cocoa, mint, pencil shavings and loam. Nice balanced tannins and acidity making way for cocoa, mint, licorice and pepper. A pleasant wine with a short finish.
March 11, 2018 - Clear, medium garnet – light soy sauce, blackberry, black cherry, celery. Unbalanced finish (tannic). Undoubtedly once a great wine, but too old for my personal taste, which is why I didn't rate it.
March 10, 2018 - consistent with notes of 9/3/2017
December 25, 2017 - Had with Christmas dinner - nice wine to go with a great meal.
This continues to be in a good place. Gave a short 30 minute decant, but continued to improve over the next hour. Was opening up nicely, even after 30 minutes.
Smooth, well integrated flavors of blueberry, cherry, spice and vanilla.
My last bottle of this - will need to grab some more if I can.
Good wine for a good value.
November 13, 2017 - I actually thought this bottle was slightly over the hill. I will try another soon to see if it is a isolated poor bottle.