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Community Tasting Notes (25) Avg Score: 91.3 points

  • One word of advice - decant. I didn’t, and it took a good two hours for the wine to open up and do more than scowl at me. When it finally decided to play ball, in the middle of the fifth inning of Braves-Dodgers, it first displayed a multi-faceted aromatic personality of black fruit, rare beef, low floral tones, olive, nutmeg and orange peel. Each sniff revealed a new aroma. The palate stayed more monolithic, but the depth was impressive, and with good alignment of fruit and tannin left no question about extended ageability.

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  • It took a good four hours open for the real character of the wine to come out and play. Dark ruby color with no fading or sediment. Medium-profound aromas that start off with smoky pepper and clove, followed by cherry, raspberry, and apricot notes. Still quite young and coiled up on the palate but it's full of wonderful subtleties that should play out in due time. There is a certain attribute of the tannins that display a cushy softness while still being fully present to carry the fruit through a haunting finish. I think it's a good candidate to accompany a meal, though I enjoyed this bottle all on its own. I'd love to try again in 3-5 years.
    5+11+17+9= 92

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  • Very hard to see past the ethelyl acetate. Very little Syrah character. It did have some ripe/dried fruit and some chocolaty oak aroma. Tasted again 24 hours later; still too much EA.

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  • Lightly spicy and peppery blue fruits with excellent balance and a great finish. Detailed, nuanced and delicious, in an only 13% abv package. Delicious, and even better than the last bottle.

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  • Pop and pour. On the nose: blackberry, bramble, a soft hi-toned note, simpler than previous vintages at a comparamble stage imo. On the palate: fantastic acidity, blackberry, green pepper (stems inclusion?), soft bbq notes, brine...excellent salinity, and soft tannin on the finish. Good.

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – The 2015s and 2014s (Aug 2017), 8/1/2017, (See more on Vinous...)

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