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En Magnum. This is how this wine needs to be enjoyed, from Magnum right about now over the next one or two years. Coravin a couple of glasses and this one that is first a blackberry and tar and saddle leather monster for the first 15 me minutes then turns into a Bush's baked beans, smoked pipe tobacco, hint of savory. Then turns into a grilled ribeye and baked potato with bacon bits. This is not usually my style, but I think because it is a little bit of both at the same time really makes this one a very intriguing wine. Need to start buying gear field a little bit more!! — 4 days ago
Nose of purple fruit and herb. Entry is purple bramble. Not jammy in any way. Good sharp acidity on the front. Goes to more of a underripe fig on the middle. Finish has some stiff oak astringency. I think it will take a few years to integrate. Still thinking this one is a couple of years away from the top of the hill so hold this one if you have it. If I were to do this differently, I would probably have decanted for 2 hours before serving. — 4 days ago
Compared to the 05 Ponente that went down last night (the 'palate cleanser'), this wine is quite different. But very true to style for Rian. This wine always tends to go darker. Nose and palate of baking spice, blackberry, chocolate, fig. In the first few years, these tend to also have a blueberry and vanilla side hustle, but really tend to lose that after five or six years. This one didn't have any blue fruit or vanilla notes. Towards the finish, this one stiffens up. Still a touch astringent with stiff tannin. Would have been a great one to serve in the American v French Oak blinded tasting from last night. Not really a lot of discernible French Oak influence even though I'm pretty sure they use 100% French. This one has a long life ahead of it. Have one more bottle, which I will try to hold until approximately 2023. Fat chance..... — 6 days ago
I had a little taste of this a few months ago, but this is my first 750 of this enjoyed with dinner tonight. This is a very red fruit dominated wine. Black cherry, raspberry cola, young pomegranate. The middle of this wine develops a green olive tapenade kind of note in the middle along with some herbs. I was getting something like oregano I think. The finish had good acidity. Has been compared to a Pinot Noir, and I get that. I think this would be a really fun wine to compare to the Antica Angelicall Rosé to be quite honest. The best days of this wine are ahead of it, 7 years or so from now. — 6 days ago