An utterly gorgeous wine that benefited from the mistake of opening it early but having to reseal with some saran wrap and eventually vacuvin so was getting some oxidation for most of 2 days...and I'll say the air time was helpful as this opened up gorgeously and had gobs of delicious sour cherry and blackberry fruit and just lingered on the palate forever...truly something special from Washington not to mention great with Thanksgiving leftovers. Probably the crowd pleaser of the weekend.
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?� :-)