The last vintage of this I tasted was the 2004. I think I prefer the '06, though they are quite different.
A friend and local wine merchant opened this as I prompted that there should be something American opened on the Fourth of July. We dodged a bullet, as he was half tempted by 'Conundrum', a wine that tastes a bit too much like a soft drink for my palate.
The label notes that it is a 'Red Wine of the Earth'. I like that.
Bright, dark and beautiful.
Deep, dark, intense fruit wrapped in earth and chocolate on the nose.
Blackberries and pomegranate smashed with a velvet glove. All the power and intensity from the nose comes through, but with a bright elegance that slips across the palate, rather than pummelling it. Firm but gentle tannic grip. A bit of pleasingly prickly spice as well as sour cherries. There's an almost Burgundian nerve and harmony to it. Tasting brilliant.
Tasted 4 July 2012 at Luvians.