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Justin - Justification
Opened and double-decanted two hours prior to drinking; detected some "smoke" when decanting , but very little sediment. Color still a very dark red. On the nose, black and red fruits with some herbal undertones. Medium-bodied, pleasant wine ... a good food wine. Some in the group detected a slight bitterness on the finish ... not me.
Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
Opened and double-decanted two hours before drinking; very little sediment. Color is very dark, a black-red. On the nose, lots of sweet black fruit, vanilla and a little chocolate ... very primary aromas. Some in the group detected a bit of eucalyptus / mint aromas. Big, chewy wine with very primary black fruit flavors and quite a bit of sweet oak / vanilla; went well with a short-rib dinner. While enjoyable now with tannins softening, I think this wine gets better and acquires more aroma and flavor dimensions in 3-5+ years.
Rhys - Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Popped and poured; drank over 3 hours. Dark cherry red color; also some purple-red color remaining. Aromas of cherry and spice. Bright, ripe flavors of cherry with a bit of earth and spice. Upon first tasting this wine, my initial conclusion is that it needs more time! For me, this wine still has very primary aromas and flavors. A few more years in the bottle should layer on secondary dimensions. This wine has lots of material to work with, but currently is only showing a single dimension. While very good today, I think this wine becomes much more interesting in 2-3 years.
Opened and double-decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Dark-red color with aromas of red and black fruits and cedar. Still fairly primary on the nose. Dark fruit flavors with a bit of chocolate. Very enjoyable and well-balanced wine ... a nice surprise for such an unusually hot vintage.
Aldo Conterno - Barolo Cicala
Opened and double-decanted 8 hours prior to drinking. Bright, medium-red color with a wonderfully aromatic, floral nose ... definitely some roses. On the palate, lots of red cherry, good acidity, and a lingering finish. Tannins softening; a complete wine; great with a Greek pot roast! Early in its drinking window ... may even get a bit better in a few years!