Nothing great, but definitely quaffable 🙂
Dark ruby core with a bright cherry rim. This is the third time I’m tasting this wine and the aromas just leaped out of the glass on first pour every single time! Strong, concentrated dark fruits and mixed berries jam on the nose with streaks of vanilla and cedar. A little spicy start on the palate, tart cherries, dried 川芎, chinese liquorice roots, good acidity and medium to medium minus finish. Unfortunately, the body and structure didn’t quite match the beautiful aromas. I shouldn’t have opened this so soon but this is the only bottle of red I don’t mind uncorking right now. Not a bad accompaniment to Mr. Taber’s “To Cork or Not to Cork“.
Ruby-garnet core, cherry-rim with a tinge of orange hue. Earthy, dark ripe black fruits (think blackberries and blackcurrant) on the nose, layered with liquorice, tobacco, vanilla and dried mandarin peel. Similar flavours on the palate with the addition of mocha and dark chocolate. Silky smooth texture with a spicy medium plus finish. Bright acidity here with good structure. Absolutely excellent for the price point!
Drank this on the second night and the wine had mellowed somewhat, showing a more dried mandarin peel and dried asian hawthorn flavours. A little VA was detected initially but it went away. A little less exciting than the previous night.