Drinking well. Aged red cherry and mint. Little bit of truffle and mushroom. Tobacco leaf on the middle. A lot more rounded on the body then I expected. Finish is a little bit gravelly but very nice length and depth. These Napa's with a little bit of age on them are really drinking well. I would honestly say that there really is not too much of a hurry to drink this right now. But I also don't expect it to appreciate in the bottle, so why not drink now? — 3 days ago
Pretty good—tried it a little too warm. Good unique flavor though. — a month ago
1997 Was stellar — a month ago
Quite pleasant Chardonnay — a month ago
Blackberry jam, menthol, nice mellow tannins. Very approachable 2014 in 2019. With prime New York at Fleming's — 2 days ago
I have said it before and I am saying it again. This is a good wine. Pop and sniff shows highlights of blackberries and a touch of fall leaves. All of which remain after decanting for over an hour. On the palate you will get blackberries, cigar box, hints of chocolate, dry soil and tobacco. The finish it lovely. — a month ago
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 old leather, semi-dried plum, ripe blackberry, mashed black cherry, over-ripe plum and mild oak, dried (unsweetened) cranberry and trailing washed (whole) green pepper notes.
Palate has ripe plum, ripe blackberry, cedar plank, dried cherry, dried raspberry with still noticeable tannins. This bottle will easily hold another 10+ years, future bottles can be 2025+ without concern.
Blend is Bordeaux in its style. I believe this bottling was started in the early 2000's (01/02) when FAW was doing a multi-vintage blend across their two top vineyards, Bosche and Sycamore. I cannot seem to find my winery notes on this 2005 bottle to confirm percentages or varietal distribution.
I'm pretty certain this is the second, named vintage of the Josephine red blend, we also have 2004, but it's safely out of my hands on our off-site storage. — a month ago