Medium magenta garnet color, lighter narrow rim. Deep black cherry character on the nose accompanied by dried herb, vanilla & spice. The palate continues to open even after several hours - full-bodied with sturdy tannins and focused acidity. Black cherry & black fruit make their mark but in a quiet way. The mid-palate is exciting, with chocolaty dried-fruit tannins running headlong into a distinct mineral (almost salty) character. Quiet fruit & mineral finish, lengthy warm linger. This seems to lean toward "Old World" and is outstanding, though I suspect it will age nicely for several years and be even better.
Pale straw color with a light touch of green. Subtle notes of flint, apple & pear on the nose. The palate adds some citrus to the orchard fruit, with a hint of spice. Understated acidity and a warm, lengthy finish with flavors of apple pie & mineral. This is a well-crafted, high-quality wine, but it doesn't really do much for me. The only way I can describe it is that it seems, well, "fuzzy" to me; I prefer more focus and crispness from the varietal, a la the German model.
Very dark, dense garnet color with a bit of brown around the edges. Youthful & full-bodied on the nose, grapey at first then with lots of plum, cassis & blackberry. A hint of toasty oak & vanilla, dark floral note of violet, underlying spice & graphite. Just as full-bodied on the palate; plenty of juicy black berry & stone fruit along with vanilla, coffee & chocolate, supported by gripping tannins and lively acidity. An enjoyable mineral character kicks in mid-palate and carries through the lengthy, warm finish with sweet black fruit and a final linger of distinct plum. First off, the high quality of this juice is visceral, but it screams "young!" and still isn't as smooth & mature as I'm sure it can be.