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Community Tasting Notes (6) Avg Score: 91 points

  • waited too long. over the hill.

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  • The wine is a slightly hazy ruby red color. The stunning nose has cherries, black raspberries, minerals, Asian spices, worn leather, melted licorice, earthy underbrush, tobacco, and some dried herbs. This has medium body, moderate ripe tannins, and very nice acidity. The palate has tart cherries, minerals, and a load of spices up front with dried herbs and slowly building earthiness on the back end. The long, lingering finish is a continuation of the tart cherries, spice, and earthiness from the palate. The is on the young side but drinking very nicely today with a bit of air. An outstanding California Tempranillo.

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  • The wine is a slightly hazy deep ruby color. The wine has an exotic and exciting nose full of cherries, black raspberries, well worn leather, earthy underbrush, baking spices, licorice, and dried herbs. This has a medium body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate the wine is loaded with tart cherries, raspberries, and baking spices up front with some earthiness and dried herbs in the background adding nice depth and complexity. The finish is fairly long and full of juicy fruit and spice that slowly gives way to dried herbs and a touch of earthiness. This is still very young and with the abundance of fruit, acidity, and tannins. some additional cellar time will be rewarded. One of the better California Tempranillo wines I've had the pleasure to enjoy.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/16/2013, (See more on 92 points

    (Core Tempranillo C3 Reserve) Very dark ruby color; appealing, ripe berry, baked berry, baked black fruit, anise, light chocolate, ginger cake nose; tight, dense, complex, tart berry, anise, tart plum, tart currant, light milk chocolate palate; needs 2 years; long finish (14.9% alcohol; sample provided by winery)
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/9/2012, (See more on 91 points

    (Core Tempranillo C3 Reserve) Very dark red violet color; maturing, tart cherry, floral, redolent nose; tasty, maturing, dried cherry, tart berry, baked berry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/5/2011, (See more on 88 points

    (Core Tempranillo C3 Reserve) Intense, tart berry, cinnamon nose; intense, tart red fruit, cinnamon, char palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points (37 mos. in oak)

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