Current Releases from California (Nov 2001)

Medium red. Initial aromas of Fleer bubblegum and mint quickly dissipated, revealing red raspberry, spice, smoke and loam. Began rather hard-edged and penetrating, with very firm red berry flavors; with time in the open bottle, this showed a more supple texture and some Burgundian smoke and earth notes but did not lose its streak of acidity. Finishes with fine tannins and good spicy length, as well as a strong oak note of bourbon. According to my notes, the ’98 bottling was far more tangy and satisfying.