Best Rum I’ve found — 10 days ago
Mulled and grilled dark fruit nose with charred fruit notes. Big dark fruit forward on the palate transitioning to molasses and caramel. A medium acid finish with the molasses lingering. It can use decanting to open up. Like most Zins, this wine cries out for a food pairing, and is too fruity for my tastes as a stand-alone sipping red. — 24 days ago
Paired this with a Prime Flank Steak with a side of molasses and balsamic roasted Brussels Sprouts. Sigs best of the best and it shows. Completely integrated, warm Kashmir nose. Soft supple in texture, not a fruit bomb. Layers of back licorice, sweet black fruit and touch of smoke. Oak is in the background setting up a slightly soft finish. Overall, a great showing. — a month ago
Comes from a single block of the Alder Springs vineyard. 16% alcohol! Vinous called it “feral” which is a pretty accurate descriptor. The most concentrated Pax I have ever had. Massive black fruit, pepper, raw bacon and dark molasses. Very complex with a 30 second finish. Awesome stuff! Especially for $40 from the Old and Rare section of K&L. Glad I bought a couple. Loads of time left. — 24 days ago
I have been drinking 2003 Blackjack cabs for a dozen years. I love the black pepper, leather, tobacco and dark fruit. 15 years may be the beginning of the backside of the apex. The brash dark fruit is somewhat muted, with caramel and molasses starting to replace the blackberry and plum. Still, this is a great wine that paired well with a grilled, marinated flank steak. — 17 days ago
Burnt toffee, molasses, that nutty, lemony dry nose and round palette. Happy to report, this may linger for the rest of the evening. — 15 days ago
Wifey is unwell, and subtly directed me to focus on the French stuff, so here we are...
For once, “I got my mind right, boss,” and let this breathe for 5 hrs, and lawdy, this is singing.
The nose offers up new oak, cinnamon and a hint of molasses. The palate presents ripe and balanced. Tannins are still bold, but frame the wine superbly. Finishes with black fruits and uncommon sweetness for a bdx example. After my week-day sabbatical from alcohol, this represents a great three-finger salute (control-alt-delete). — 20 days ago