Just concluded our annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.
Nose has ripe black cherry, roasted red pepper, dried grape vine and over-ripe plum.
Palate has prune, ripe red raspberry, tannic black cherry, dry earth, black tea and grippy tannins. Likely this could hold another 4-6 years.
Last bottle of a mixed vineyard 6-pack of 2002 wines, offered in OWC alongside, Altamira Lote 1 & Adrianna Lote 3, two bottles each. — 19 days ago
This is an interesting bottle of wine. The first thought that came to mind right after I opened this was whoa this has a bad nose. Rather astringent and most notably smelled like hot asphalt. Luckily that went away after being open for a while. Luckily it tasted way better. Currants and sort of a smoky chocolate were highlights. Maybe a hint of raspberry and a muted spice as well. This is in the movie night class of wine for me. Medium body ++ but not quite full bodied. Overall an easy drinking wine that drinks well alone. Perfect movie night drink. — a month ago
Transitioning in the Lounge. Night is a little better than day. Love the glow.
This 07 has been hanging out in my secondary storage (temp & humidity controlled but, not EuroCave) for 12 years. Time to drink up, right? Nope. The cork was super pliable with nearly no seepage. This wine has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead with proper storage.
The nose reveals fruits that are steeped in style. Although, ripe, ruby and quite floral. Dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, haunting caramel, whiff of black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, incense, limestone, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, leather, dry brush, liqueur, liquid fruit chocolate truffles, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and violets for days.
The palate would fool a lot of wine lovers/professionals. There is an earthiness about it that might take you to a warm vintage Bordeaux or a Rhône blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah.
Ripe and lush, dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, warm caramel, some black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, dry Provenance herbs, black offering palate heat, incense, thick layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon & nutmeg with a mini splash of vanilla, limestone, gripping volcanic minerals, dry top soil & clay, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, turned black earth, leather, dry brush, dry river stone, liqueur, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and singing violets for days. The acidity is round and good but, short of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are approaching their peak. The long, big finish is; ripe, lush, ruby, show the quality of the vintage, well balanced and persists until you put something else on the palate.
P.S. It just gets better & better as you slow sip it. Now, 9.3.
Photos of; kicking nighttime in the D&S Lounge. — 5 days ago
Last night I opened the 2006 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon High Altitude Grapes Selected by Laura Catena, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina.
On the nose there is Brooding Dark and rich dark fruit. Black cherry, blackberry, black currant, chocolate, mint, vanilla, smoke, oak and dark earth.
On the palate for a 13 year old wine I find it still vibrant with lots of life left, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, cassis, herbs, cedar, oak and a rich earthy component.
This wine is full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + gripping mouth coating tannins that leads into a long dark fruit and earthy finish. Enjoy your weekend, be safe and share a good bottle of wine. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — a month ago
The first time I tasted this #argentinian wine #argentina I found the #tannic tannins too rough, but blind tasting it I found it to be outstanding. The mind and the eyes are very suggestive. deep ruby, medium+ aromas of black fruits (cassis, plum and blackberries) herbal (black tea, earl gray tea and capsicum), secondary aromas of Oak (cedar, sandalwood and cinnamon) and tertiary aromas of leather. On the palate it’s dry, medium acidity, high alcohol and full bodied long finish smooth fine grained tannins — 25 days ago
A beautiful fruity, bold, cab franc. Fruit forward with red tart aromas and flavors followed by notes of tar and chocolate. High tannins and nice structure. — 11 days ago
Initially– strong tannins, dark fruit, and heavy. Medium to long finish.
With food (fat and acid) the tannins really balanced out, and became more light bodied for great drink ability with food.
Over time, tannins mellow out in the forefront, but maintain a good presence on the backend. Fruit flavors become more prominent. With an interesting pungent after taste.
However, a small window for great drinkability, before becoming a bit too light.
Tannins are prominent throughout, leaving a dry mouthfeel. — 22 days ago
Delish!!! Brother-sister night. Deep & complex with a smoother texture. Highly recommend! — 2 days ago
Easy to drink. Awesome for price. — 2 days ago