Many have been eagerly awaiting the return of this wine after a two year absence. I know you will not be disappointed. Mid-vintage rains have slightly decreased the colour and body of this wine compared to some previous vintages, but it remains a typical “Georgia’s”. Bright crimson red in colour; intense bouquet of spices and ripe berries, integrated with the sweet creamy vanilla of American oak; mouth-filling flavour of spices with great complexity, followed by a long finish with good acid balance. Softer than the ’85 and ’86, it is more comparable to the ’84 (which is now drinking magnificently). Cellar potential 5-8 years but supple and delicious now!
Medium-light crimson. Cherrystone/ leather aromas with some floral notes. Sweet and soup palate, with sinewy dry tannins, and marked acidity. Fruit is dropping out. Underpowered wine. Hot summer but mid vintage rains. Drink up – Now. 75 points.
Deep medium colour. Developed earthy, mocha aromas with some red cherry, sage notes. Fresh medium concentrated wine with earthy, red cherry flavours and fine slinky dry tannins. Acidity blows out at the finish. Fruit is fading. Drink now. Hot summer but mid-vintage rains. Now – 83 points
Medium crimson, Evolved wine with red currant walnut aromas with inky complexity. Medium weighted wine with redcurrant light tobacco flavours, fine chalky al dente textures and persistent long acidity. The fruit and structure are no longer in balance but the wine is still holding up. Starting to enter curio territory. 13% Alc 86 points – Now