Sweet cherries and funk on the nose. On the palate, rhubarb, cherries, and brown sugar lead. Strawberries and sage, with a light background of anise, appear on the mid-palate. Sage, mixed red fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar linger on a mid-length finish. Acids are high, tannins very smooth, together offering a wine for the cellar. All the different flavors are interesting, but they are disjointed, even conflicting. This may be a wine best judged a decade after bottling. It could be very nice, based upon promise, high acidity, smooth tannins, and depth of flavor. Drink with sage-rubbed pork loin.
An acid and mineral spike coated in soft wood, driven straight through the palate into the brain. Great fruit hangs from the spike, Meyer lemon and pear are followed by light toast and a hint of butterscotch. All the fruit and wood, though, is wrapped tightly around limestone and acid. When first opened it was tight as a drum, all acid and tartness, but after a few hours the flavors and aromas broke free. Give it air or time in the cellar. Highly recommended.
One of the stars of the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, and one of only two wines to receive all five possible stars. This young barrel sample was absolutely electric, wowing wine professionals and other guests alike with its layered waves of flavors and length of finish. The oak is not quite integrated yet, but it is toasty and warm. Multi-layered flavors of citrus, several different kinds of limes and lemons, pan-toasted french bread, and a hint of ginger led to a finish that lingered for the longest time. Look for this one on release, then keep it for as long as you can stand the suspense. It really is that good.
This barrel sample is wine in its infancy. Indeed, most of it is still resting in the comfort of its oaken womb. It was as high and tight as a Marine's boot camp hair cut, tart with unsweetened cranberry and rhubarb, slightly sweetened with dried strawberries and complemented by fresh-picked sage. It exhibited powerful tannins and a tart, unsweetened finish. This earned a 4.5 out of 5 stars at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, all on potential. It is young and disjointed, but all the right flavors are there, just waiting for more time to knit together into something special.