Buried a dozen of this in the back of the cellar and still have 9 bottles left after this one. Great intensity yet still medium weight. Mocha Chocolate savoury plum and herb garden. A sweet medium to full bodied palate with fine grained Tannins. Just cruising at 17 years of age from a cooler vintage which resulted in a longer hang time for the grapes. Resolved Tannins. Penfolds say this will live until 2030. Lovely wine. — a day ago
Absolutely amazing! Upon opening was so pungent the viognier really showing strongly, however after about an hour the nose exploded with chocolate and spice. Every sip is an explosion of flavors that simultaneously batters and caresses your palate. The length is truly exceptional the flavors just go on and on. Wow, last bottle but so glad I drank it with my brother. — 12 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.
One of my favorites of the night, and still improving. Everything about this was classic and balanced. Not overtly American oak driven but there is definitely a cooled coconut note with espresso on the nose. Dusty. Sweet tannins with juicy blackberries and underripe blueberries highlight the finish. Enjoyable now if you give it 1-2hrs in the decanter, but better in 5yrs. Thanks @Mark Flesher — 5 days ago
Plumb, cherry, fresh tobacco, slight nutmeg on nose. Ruby. Low acid in mouth, fruity, bright. Pleasant blend. — 14 days ago
We're entertaining my in-laws and parents today, fun 🤷♂️. Bottles go fast when you're pouring for six glasses.
Consistent notes from our prior bottle, a few weeks ago, decanted 5+ hours:
Nose has black cherry, ripe red cherry, dark cocoa powder, light barrel toast, plum skin, washed blackberry and crushed blueberry.
Palate has ripe black/red cherry, wet leather, high cacao content chocolate, under-ripe plum, wet clay and trailing hints of dehydrated mint.
Paired with a local, 3.5lb. beef roast, slow cooked at ~200°F for 3.5 hours, beautifully medium on the core temperature. Local potatoes roasted then covered in a herb/shallot compound butter, so yum! — 10 days ago
Nose plum, oaky
Coarse Tannin, high acitiy, medium body.
Heavy alcohol. — 13 days ago
PnP. If I was tasting blind I would have said 8 year old California cab. Ripe and robust on both the nose and in the mouth. However this was restrained in the context of the vintage. Overt fruitiness but none of the over the top ripeness that characterizes this vintage . Despite the extracted fruit the acidity kept this beautifully balanced. Very smooth and round. No signs of age and would not open another bottle for 10 years plus.
A wine still in its infancy.. — 5 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a cloudy brick rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, vinaigrette, mocha, coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied, rich and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn and vinaigrette.
Medium finish with soft tannins and spices.
This Argentinian Red Blend from the house of Dave Phinney is always enjoyable. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
This non vintage is probably on the way out now, but still very enjoyable. I kept it for 3 years to see how it evolves, and now I know it's better fresh. It started dying after an hour of airtime.
Good right out of the bottle and good for parties.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of Malbec with some Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aged for 10 months in oak barrels.
14% alcohol by volume.
$20. — a day ago
Amy likes it but may have been influenced by prior wine taster. — 12 days ago
Decided to go in with the Coravin for a glass of this gorgeous Napa Bordeaux blend.
Showing black fruits, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full bodied, smooth and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry, spicy and fruity on the palate.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, although still young and will be better in the next 10 years.
Good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of her time.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 8 days ago