Wow, for being an 04 this is a tannic backwards wine. Most 04’s I have had have been much more plush and opulent than their 05 counterparts. I have 4 bottles left and will try to hold off till at least 2012 for my next bottle. Tons of promise here, just needs more time.
Popped the bottle and this was a tannic beast right out of the gate. After four hours of air this wine finally started to open up. Dark blue and black fruits on the nose, ripe blackberries and blueberries. Cool herbaceousness on the nose with fresh sage and mint leaves. Interesting sweet blood orange component coming through. Tons of interesting scents popping up after each swirl. Underneath all the fruit are layers of ground coffee beans, dark cocoa and a fresh creamy note. Palate is medium body, broad structure still showing and completely focused. Nutmeg, cedar box, black currants, plum and graphite. Throwing a bit of sediment as well. (92 pts.)
The last time I had this I found it fairly backwards for what has been in general a precocious vintage for most Wineries. Looks like a healthy decant didn’t help too much. Have you tried the '05 lately?
I’ve been disappointed in nearly every Karl Lawrence I’ve ever had: 97, 98, 02, 04. The 03 started out ok, but went downhill fast imo. Odd b/c they have a niche following, but I just don’t understand the wines I guess.