Nose has blackberry jam spread on older, tanned leather, under-ripe cherry, green CT Valley tobacco, ripe blueberry, whole vanilla bean and wet soil.
Palate has dried blackberry, ripe black cherry, slight oak barrel notes, unsweetened blueberry jam with just a touch of (alcohol, only 13.3%) heat on a long, satisfying finish. Tannins are mostly resolved, can hold this bottle until a 30th birthday under proper storage conditions, but our last bottle.
Beautiful wine, fantastically paired with a Belgian-style beef stew over top of Parmesan polenta. — 6 days ago
Nose still has some fruit of youth, through it has darkened from what it likely was and is showing funk too. Beautiful, enveloping, alluring. Palette is quite tertiary and with dried fruits, baking spices, herbs. Bright med+ acid. This needed some air to waken. — 14 days ago
Wow. This is still very youthful by most standards. Berry pie, mild oak, floral, herbal note. Silky smooth tannin leads the way to rich dark fruit and spice/cracked pepper. Good lengthy finish too. Still bright and brooding at 10 years old. Better than anticipated. — 19 days ago
Taut, saline, just ripe yellow fruit, wet rocks, struck stone, beaming acidity, love the finesse of texture here. There’s some serious tension, appears to be a more linear expression of PMR right now. I love it but it will be smashing when it begins to uncoil. Favorite vineyard in the Ceritas CH program for me and a highlight of 2016 harvest there. — 3 days ago