Author EsteSite / BlogTrust Rating Tasted On 05/28/2012
Very dark. Hint of garnet at the edge. Terrific nose with smoke, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, boysenberries, mushrooms and compost. Very good fruit. Lots of over ripe cherry. Smooth and silky. A bit of tannin on the finish. With such a great nose I expected a lot more, but it failed to deliver finishing a bit short. Unmemorable. A very good wine, but not excellent. I have 5 more bottles and I'm skeptical about it getting better. (My wife commented: 'It's like the woman you think is beautiful, but isn't.â?� :-)
The wine of the night certainly - lush dark fruits, with lots of backbone, good complexity and a nice finish. This seems to still be holding back on the fruit and is a tad tannic still but up to the task today. Drink it now or hold it 3-5 more. Lots of stamina.