As with all of the top Cuvées of Sami Odi there is a lot going on with the wine as a product of ancient vines going back to 1912. Ripe plums, black olive, earth, some game and meaty notes and prune. Bold flavours delivered with a trademark silky texture with supple fluid tannins. Rich chocolatey notes on the palate mingling with the ripe plum. Followers of Sami Odi will know that Fraser often blends 2 or 3 vintages but with “Baby Tui” the 2012 vintage was so good that it stood alone. The unusual and attractive label is apparently a collection of vintage match box labels belonging to Fraser’s grandmother I believe. Correct me if I’m wrong. I have one of these gems left in the cellar. — 5 months ago
Lovely wine with beautiful aromatics and excellent complexity. It showed a very interesting transformation over the evening from mostly mixed wild berries at first then later adding more savory notes with smoked meat, herbs, and black olives. Full of flavor but still light on its feet. @Fraser McKinley thanks for hanging out with out group on Zoom and chatting about your wines! Your passion for what you do really shows through in your wines. — a month ago
First bottle of this rendition...
Decanted 3 hrs before serving.
Stupendous wine. Dark fruit, black peppercorns, black olives, bbq-meat. Tannins are ultrafine, superripe and -silky. Magnificant old-worldly acidity. Great balance and harmony. Nothing in here is too sweet nor cloying. Still extremely primary in its fruit, I can only try to imagine what this badboy will turn into when given 5 years of extra cellartime.
Grab some bottles from this producer. If you can find them. — 6 months ago
Couple fun bottles shared with Mark and Bryan this afternoon.
Sami Odi wines...a true favorite of mine! Bryan was kind enough to bring an older bottle when he came to town and what a powerhouse. Upon opening, it had a slight carbonic nose to it with gummy and candied fruits, but after letting it sit open for a few hours, the evolution here was remarkable. Blind, this bordered on SQN. It shows this beautifully spicy and savory nose that SQN wines always strut, with peppercorn, grilled rhubarb, smoked brisket and a touch of green olive. As all Sami Odi wines are, the texture on the palate is so pure. Fresh squeezed blackberries dripping over bacon, herbs de Provence, teriyaki, and fresh mixed berry pie out of the oven. A supreme balance of spicy, savory and rich notes. What a wine! @Fraser McKinley , you knocked this out of the park! — 3 months ago
My last Little Wine IV. A blend of vintages 2012 2013 and 2014. Ripe plums with a hint of prune - fruit cake aromas. Obviously the product of old vines - entirely from the Hoffman Vineyard apparently. Lush and fluid textures on the palate. Amazing quality for the price. — 7 months ago