A nice density of fruit on the nose. Sweet, but not too sweet fruit and some savoury elements. Good tannin grab and overall dimension. Very nice this.
Medium, medium-plus colour, looked really super in the glass. The nose shows sweet cherry against a cedar background. Fresh, forward acidity with a burst of fruity interest on the mid-palate followed by almost good length. For about 30 minutes it didn’t seem to hold together all that well, but time is a great healer, and this was quite compelling for the last glass.
Medium-plus red, more ruby than cherry, gently fading at the rim. The nose is quite forward but also rather dense, red fruit and an underlying cedar/mineral note. The palate starts in a very understated way almost to the point of there being something missing, but the intensity builds into quite an impressive mid-palate and very long finish. The acidity is a touch bright in the finish but there is nothing at-all astringent about the tannins. I wine that I felt lacking at the start, only to finish with me lamenting a lack of wine! Very good and I think better than the 2000 I’ve previously tasted.
Looks more mature than the previous wine, still a core of cherry colour, but more brick at at the rim. Nose is is very interesting with spices and an undercurrent of cherry and coffee. The palate has almost good acidity and furry tannin. Good depth to the red fruit which goes on and on in the finish, but is (for me) slightly spoiled by a ‘dirtyness’ right at the end. Could be just the oak which should subside with time. Still a very fine wine I think.