International Wine Cellar | 91
($38) Inky ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of blackcurrant, anise and dried violet. Vibrant dark berry flavors are complicated by candied floral and Asian spice qualities and underscored by tangy minerals. The finish is fresh and pure, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence.
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Berry, cherry with a hint of molasses. Yummy to the taste, a crowd pleaser. Shane is always good across the board.
Opened and decanted for one and one half hours. Initial nose of stewed plum, dark blackberries and some blueberry and chocolate undertones. On the the palate this wine shows lots and lots of leather. The fruit expression is mostly blueberry with some dark cherry hints showing toward the corners. There is some dusty chocolate throughout. The tannins are rich, big and grippy and there is a 'roasted' acidity throughout. Vacuum sealed and opened on day three. The fruit is now much darker but also smoother though the acidity is more pronounced and has lost that 'roasted' nuance. The tannins have smoothed out and there is some dry tobacco on the palate and more fruit on the nose. Overall, the flavors and scents have benefited from the two days after recanting. Also, the flavor profile expresses itself better with food.
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14.2% alcohol winemaker commentary:
Aromas: dense black fruits - berry, currant, blue plum and charcoal
Palate: rich blackberry, currant cinnamon and carbon
Impression: comes across with an 'old worldâ?� feel with sultry spices and excellent texture