Color of dull ruby with a touch of brown and purple gray. Nose of spice, dark berries and dark cherry, currants, cherry jam, coke, medicinal note, violet, a bit carbonates note, and a bit burning in the nasal cavity. Taste of ample acidity, vanilla, currants, savory spice, a bit peppery, a bit zest, refined yet solid tannins, and good alcohol strength. Aftertaste is medium with more sweetness and zest note. Pretty good. — 10 days ago
Tuesday night and tonight I have opened the 2015 Primus "The Blend" Apalta of Colchagua, Chile. This is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 24% Carménère, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
On the nose there is black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, black currant, chocolate, baking spice, green peppercorn, graphite and earth.
On the palate is black cherry, raspberry, plum, black currant, green bell pepper, herbs, pencil shavings, vanilla and earthy notes
This wine is full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + fine rounded tannins that is fully balanced with a medium long elegant dark fruit seamless finish. A beautifully stylish wine that would go well with any nice savory meal. I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask until we know this thing is well controlled. Has a great rest of the week and into the 4th of July weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
Glad I decided to open one after seeing the recent positive comments. The cab franc is really amazing in this blend. This is still developing but the fruit and oak are clearly up front on the nose. The tannins are smooth as silk but the alcohol is a bit high so drink closer to cellar temperature than room temperature. I believe this has room for improvement but is drinking fabulously right now. Glad I have a few more remaining. Cheers! — 5 days ago
Deep purple hue with very high saturation. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cedar, dark chocolate, hay, leather, licorice, oak, plum, and raspberry. Full body; firm, heavy tannins; and medium-high acidity. Intense, deeply aromatic nose; plush, voluptuous mouthfeel; long, lingering finish. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with pre-Phylloxera (hence "ungrafted") rootstock. Vigorous yet elegant. — 5 days ago
Been stored in my cellar since purchasing it at the winery (in 2006 if memory serves). Despite being from Paso Robles, this is a dead-ringer for a 2nd-growth, mid-life Bordeaux (which I’m guessing is exactly what Stephan Asseo had in mind). Rich nose of sweet black currants, toasted oak, hints of anise, and a trace of leather on the edge, the palate is rich and expansive (although a touch of astringency - which you can also pick up on the nose - taking a bit away from an otherwise silky mouthfeel). The tannins are still persistent but lack a bit in terms of providing a spine to the wine, suggesting that this may be on the downslope. Finish is lingering but slightly out of balance (something that may correct with some air time). For a nearly 17-year-old meritage from Paso, however - and actually from anywhere come to think of it - this is terrific. — 18 days ago
A very impressive nose that immediately takes me to Bordeaux but on the palate it’s unmistakably Paso Robles with lush, dense red and dark fruits. It’s a massive tobacco and green pepper bomb with some purple flowers and earth notes. A dense wine endowed with a good frame. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. — 3 days ago
2018 vintage. Opened on 30th June 2020. 1st half of 2020 over.... Ruby red with purple hue. Strong bold black fruits, currents. Chocolate, mild sweetness. Highly tannic. Long finish. 1 hour to peak. — 7 days ago