Household Wine Director, Enthusiastic Collector & Lover of the Beautiful Berkshires in Great Barrington, MA Long-time fan of Freemark Abbey!
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60% Zinfandel, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Franc, for the 2005 blending.
On the nose, plum and pipe tobacco, a little peppery.
On the palate, declining season red raspberry, smoked red fruits, light, but great compliment, oak barrel notes.
Still opening, we expect this to continue to improve over the next couple of hours. We always enjoyed this particular bottle, until 'corporate' Duckhorn just diversfied the hell out of everything. It was better when they only made one version of this wine. We've been collecting since 2000, in their later ages they've settled in and lost their heavy jam notes of their youth. Right where we like them most now. — 4 days ago
These cold climate Pinot's are interesting, when first hitting the decanter they almost always throw a Gamay-like nose. Opening nicely, light cherry and slight loam-like aromas. Very light in color, delicate palate of cherry-raspberry, nothing extraordinary, but solid. — 5 days ago
We've been working through a case on this pulled from storage, some bottles good, some not so and some right down the middle, that's how we come along this evening. Fruit is still tight, I'm always impatient on how long it takes this to unwind in the decanter.
On the nose, a little heat of alcohol is the first aroma, then moving towards ripe plum sprinkled with dark chocolate, and violets passing by the glass.
On the palate, late season blackcurrant, tanned leather with medium finish.
I constantly struggle with this bottle, not knowing if it's still too young, or too old... Damn you finicky Syrah, why are you so hard to read at middle age?
We fell in love with this bottle on the 2000 vintage, thought I was drinking a cup of coffee with plums in it, most memorable experience on this vineyard site, imprinted to my taste memory forever. — 7 days ago