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94 Points

Sunday, March 31, 2024 - Two hour decant. Very very deep intense ruby magenta color. Fig, chocolate, blackberry, red velvet cake (with cream cheese frosting), graphite, and subtle pistachio. Smooth, dry, full bodied palate. Firm, full, medium intensity tannins on the longish finish.

I last tried this at the winery more than two years ago (with Mark1NPT). It’s solid, but very Venge (i.e., somewhat candied/syrupy). I think I like Silencieux more than his more expensive bottlings. I want fruit forward, but not syrupy or extracted. The other three at our gathering would have given this a 95+.

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  • Comment posted by Decanting Queen:

    4/1/2024 8:49:00 AM - I used to love but it hasn’t been sitting as well
    with me lately. Even the Silencieux has been too much. But I still love his MH, both te Venge and B cellars label.
    The bone ash and family reserve have always been disappointing

  • Comment posted by Franken Berry:

    4/1/2024 5:50:00 PM - AG - you probably would enjoy an older Bone Ash more (thinking 15 or 16).
    Calistoga was particularly hot in '19, and I am not surprised that the Venge
    recipe in this vintage would come across in this way.
    Regardless, I can't say that I disagree with you. Even though Bone Ash is his 'home turf' vineyard, it typically isn't my favorite either.
    FYI, Venge makes a second wine from Bone Ash called Terraces (aka Candy's block). same property, slightly higher elevation. I prefer this one as it has brighter acidity and comes across as less extracted.
    Again, you are not wrong

  • Comment posted by AGELVIS:

    4/1/2024 7:35:00 PM - I’ll give Terraces a try if I come across a bottle. Trespass is my favorite Venge label.

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