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Wow, musty moldy cork, but it was tight. Crazy funk on the open. Meaty so far. Giving it time...
A very deep dark purple starting slightly to bend towards ruby. The nose hasn't budged from open... It's well grilled beef, with A1 sauce. Off putting but I'm curious. Other earthy musty notes. Way in the back is muddled blackberry. Gonna let it go for longer. So far the palate roughly matches the nose... — 2 days ago
Light red and clear and clean. Nose has some muted floral and herbaceous notes but not much else. Light bodied , medium + acidity. Pretty much non distinct. This bottle was left over from Turkey dinner. Should have drank it then, perhaps.
89 points — 23 days ago
Red to orange to yellow to clear lip. Unfined with sediment mixed in (clearly I disturbed her). Some initial strawberry on the nose, then anise, and mild petroleum. Strong green olives on the palate, any taster would immediately identify this note. Going to hold for a bit before pronouncing judgement...
1 hour in.... Olives have bent towards muddled mushrooms. Better...
So I certainly respect this wine, but there really isn't a lot to hang my hat on. The fruit is pretty much dead. The olives wouldn't relent overall. It remains savory. So this could possibly pair with a soft mild cheese (brie), or on the other side of dinner with something not too sweet (cheesecake), but I'm stretching. I guess , in
my opinion I would surmise that it is past peak.
90+ points — 18 days ago
This is a case buy at Total Wine. I gotta tell you at $28 a bottle after discount... It's a wow! My friend @Antonio Galloni rated this a 91 and how can I argue with the master.
This is a deep dark delight. Notes of cola, unsweetened black licorice, and maybe blackberries but without any sweetness.
Palate is consistent with the nose. Low-medium acidity, moderate tannins. I get some potting soil--probably another aroma.
Finish is probably it's weakest link. Short and uncharacteristic. Overall, I'd say 92 points.
92 points — 4 days ago
Clear and clean, medium intensity in color, ruby. Toasted vanilla, nutty nose, perhaps cedar. Even as I take notes, it's changing. Coconut, cedar, pine/mint with blackberries in the background. Medium plus bodied, Medium plus tannins . Medium minus acidity. I love this wine. There's a tremendous complexity to it. I know I'm missing a lot and as I said it's changing. This is my second bottle--its consistent. Perfect wine for pairing with any beef or tomato centric dish. Really enjoyable!!!
93+ points — 9 days ago
I've had this before, but don't remember it being this enjoyable. Deep purple in the glass shiny and bright with slow sleek legs. Big black fruit on the nose upon open (blueberries and blackberries) but over an hour they've been met with white pepper and beets and perhaps another root that I'm not versed with. This medium plus bodied wine is very well balanced. It paired perfectly with 3 different cuts of beef--tenderloin, strip, and ribeye. The tannins are mellow to medium, and there is very little in terms of acidity. I'd say this is ready to drink and I may buy more of the 14 now. It's a great steak wine.
92+ points — 23 days ago