Enjoyed these over a dinner of grilled wild Louisiana shrimp and Flannery Hangar Steaks…
2004 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Botella - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills (5/24/2009)
Popped and poured. I’d second Rob’s note. This was a nice bottle of wine, has nice clean Pinot flavors, not nearly as rich or thick as I remember my other bottles. Showed a lot of sharp cherry, mushroom/forest floor/earthiness.
2007 Relic Wines Ritual - USA, California, Napa Valley (5/24/2009)
Decanted 4 hours. Deep color. Brambly, blackberries, earthy, dusty, road tar, coffee nose. The depth of flavors in this wine is stunning. Balanced, rich. Dark fruit, dark chocolate, baking spices, smooth tannins. Amazingly approachable now and with the structure to develop.
2006 Cabot Vineyards Syrah One Barrel Kimberly’s - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (5/24/2009)
Decanted 4 hours. Strong nose of smoke, roasted meats and bacon fat. Very interesting wine, smooth, rich, cracked pepper and more smoked meats with nice viscosity and a long finish.
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