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Poderina - Brunello di Montalcino
Double-decanted. Drank over a few hours after opening. Color is medium red, with a slight hint of age on the rim. Berries and cherry on the nose, with a bit of clove? On the palate, more cherry fruit, and while the tannins are softening and getting finer, they definitely introduce themselves. Surprised at how fresh and lively this wine still is after 16 years! A great food wine that should bring enjoyment at the table for another 3-5 years ... perhaps even longer.
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.