NOSE: tertiary, with some black cherry fruit still hanging around; leather; clean.
BODY: medium-light bodied.
TASTE: good acidity; light oak; tannic a bit; probably drying out; clean leather; a bit on its downside, probably; excellent pair with rabbit cavatelli with mushrooms; savory cherry; hint of floral spice; excellent pair with goat. Gut impression score: 90 – 91. Ash’s gut impression score; 92.
Goat is hard to find outside of ethnic marketplaces. We used to get one raised for us by some ranchers up in Shasta. Did that a few years but have passed recently. It’s milder than lamb, but also leaner.
I am rolling my eyes (at me, not at you) so badly that I think I strained an ocular muscle while reading this.
When I was getting into wine but before I really started collecting, the local shop had cases of the 98 and 99 Malescot for sale at what even then was a nice price. I bought one of each and really liked them. That was it. How dumb. Now- I know better. I should have bought a half case of each- at least. Silly me.