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Artadi - Vinas de Gain
It took about 1/2 hour in a decanter before it really started to open up. The nose on it amazingly resembled a Bordeaux (similar to the cedar present in a St Julien - very impressive). The color was inky purple right to the edge of the glass. The wine possesses flavors blackberry jam and black cherry with notes of vanilla from the new oak. The fruit is in balance with the substantial tannins present. However, this wine is very young now and should easily improve over the next five years and will most likely hit its stride in the next 2 or 3 years.
Pedro Alvear - Pedro Ximenez Solera
Pours and looks like Maple Syrup. Raisins with a hint of nuts on the nose. Chocolate giving way to crème caramel. Outrageously long and pleasantly round finish. Eighty years old and this may have another 3 decades to go?
Nice red center with brick edge. Tobacco, spice box, and lilacs on the nose (classic Paulliac). Raspberry fruit with firm tannins, however fruit is getting a little flabby. Only another couple of years before fruit fall behind tannins. Drink up.
Ravenswood - Icon
Purple right to the edge. Lilacs and spice box on the nose. Fleshy rasberry with round tannins and long finish. Drink up over next 2 - 3 years. Plenty of of enjoyment at a reasonable price.
Cartuxa - Evora Tinto Colheita
Red with a brick edge. Lilacs with a hint of licorice. Syrup-like cherry (kirsch) along chocolate with a smooth long finish. Still with some firm tannins. Should keep for another 5 - 8 years.