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Very flavorful, yet balanced and pretty. Black cherry is at the fore if the expressive nose, supported by dark flowers, baking spice and orange pith. Medium to medium+ body in the mouth with fine, silky tannins and a long, lightly mouthwatering finish. Flavors are consistent with the nose, especially that core of black cherry. Drink now thru 2022+ — 3 years ago
Very nice after a little air. Black cherry, orange rind, tea, dark earth and spice. Lovely, lightly chalky texture and a long finish. — 4 years ago
An excellent wine in an interesting phase. Lithe and very fine on the attack, broadening and getting more textured from mid-palate. Likewise, the flavors begin with delicacy but quickly build in intensity. The flavors are still tightly wound but include both fresh and dried fruit now. Seriously good. — 4 years ago
It's often said "it's better to be lucky than good." For the dicey 2011 vintage, being both was vital. One needed to be lucky with weather in the vineyard and good with both viticulture and winemaking. This wine is a great example of just that. It's expressive and earthy with briary black fruit--especially blackberry--and coffee. The medium-bodied palate is graceful and framed by very fine, soft tannins. It's super drinkable now, but will age for several years yet. 13.1% alc. $125 — 4 years ago
Blwckberry jam, dark plum, tar, black cherry and black pepper. Fruit-forward nose, more savory on the palate. Moderate, fine-granted tannins. Warming (14.5%) The Delectable consensus score of 91 is solid. Try it with grilled filet or grilled pork chop. — 4 years ago
A delicious wine from Spring Mountain and surprisingly reminiscent of St. Emilion. Cab Sauv with just a dollop of Merlot. — 4 years ago