TN: 2018 Solminer - St. Laurent "Ricci Vineyard" (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

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TN: 2018 Solminer - St. Laurent "Ricci Vineyard" (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

#1 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 8th, 2020, 1:31 pm

2018 Solminer Wines St. Laurent Ricci Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (5/3/2020)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 4.5 hours --
-- 100% St. Laurent --

NOSE: moderately expressive, initially, but did become showier with air; cool red fruits --- crushed raspberry, in particular; hint of bitter orange and grapefruit emerged a bit past the 1.5 hr. mark; aromas are really quite suave and elegant without being weak; aromas remained beautiful and well-delineated at the 4 hr. mark, too.

BODY: medium-light bodied; violet-garnet color of medium depth; clear. Cool label art, which doesn't affect my score, but grabbed my attention enough to merit mentioning.

TASTE: medium+ to high acidity; raisins; light to medium-light oak; 11% alc. not noticeable; no tannin; impressive concentration considering it's only 11%; tart – red currants; I have no idea how well this will age, but it's drinking so well now it almost seems foolish to hold. Drink Now. Lovely, interesting wine.

50, 5, 13, 16, 8 = (92 pts.)
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