This is the winery’s most limited offering, with exotic aromas of musk, saffron and sandalwood. It fills the midpalate with soft red fruits and more of those floral highlights, then turns slightly soapy and tannic.
A big bruiser, somewhat of a surprise for a Rogue Valley bottling. The alcohol is at 15.2%, and the fruit is quite ripe, extracted, plummy and lush. There’s nothing subtle going on here, but the fruit stands up to the alcohol and the tannins, and in a rough and tumble way the wine delivers the goods. No wimpy wines indeed!
This opens with tart, tight leaf and beetroot flavors, which overlay quite soft, round and riper fruit. The integration of earthy tannins with the fruit is a little disjointed; what shows most clearly are the leafy, herbal plant flavors. There’s plenty of stuffing here; perhaps this is one of those wines that will warrant a higher score with additional bottle age.