Despite its youth, the color of this wine is already beginning to verge on onion skin at the rim. Soft scents of plum, allspice, mace and cocoa make for a pleasant beginning. But there is little follow-through on the palate, and it finishes quite quickly, with fairly severe tannins.
Both color and scent suggest a wine with some stuffing; it is vertically structured, and still quite compact. The color and tannins and impression of alcohol in the finish reflect the power of the vintage, but at this point in time the fruit is not up to the challenge of the other components.
This exuberant wine boasts loads of ripe red cherries, but they’re held in check by layers of dry, cedary oak. Acquires some dark chocolate overtones on the finish, which seem to limit the fruit further.
Full and bold, with meaty, smoky, woody notes to the bouquet. The mouthfeel is a little less forward than the nose indicates, and the plum and cherry fruit, while not weak, is light. Vanilla and pepper rule the finish. This is an estate wine from Mommessin. Best Buy. —M.S.
Fresh and forward, with ample strawberry and cherry aromas. The mouthfeel is slightly sharp, so the cherry fruit seems to run a bit fast over the palate, while the finish is surprisingly light and simple. Overall it’s a lightweight, but a pleasant one.
Licorice, raspberry candy aromas give a wine that has a definite crisp side, but this is rounded out with some ripe cranberry and spice. The acidity cuts through, a fresh layer within the friendly fruits.