Again, delivered by dark reaches and suggestion– towering chocolate, symphonic spice, and an argumentation to its pervasive balance that I haven’t recently seen in a Merlot-centered blend. Soft encompassing novelette of a pour, with its smokey dark fruit and dark chocolate shadows and hauntings. I’m very much halted by this, one of the most convincing and directed, coherent red blends I’ve in months sipped. This is my plain and preferred oeno-plateau, the Bordeaux-built blend. Indeed, I’m here writing, more than just “inspired” but reactive and more crEATive than I’ve felt all day– with this soulful seductress of a dark phantasm, this layered palate performer. Leather and plum, depth and ferocity to its form, just what any consumer hopes for in a wine. But there’s more than the mundane humdrum mediocrity of a pull-and-pour bouteille de vin you get from the everywhere-market. Distinction and accuracy.. sweet ember, royal, and refined, bulldozes any hesitation with blends that overlap regions, bordeaux and Rhône, and wherever.
I always fly and form to wines with a musical quality, and from the multiple varietals encased in this project, I experience several types, voices (not going to dumb myself or this bottle to “genre”). It’s jazz, electronica, the chilled trip-hop I listen to on lunchtime writing rushes– I bob my head and maybe a bit jig in chair, but I’m eased and equalized, relaxed with sanity retained. Thinking of all the blocks along Highway 12, the wine life here in Sonoma and its overarching generous narrative kiss to writers like me. I can only be selfish with her, as the last glass is poured, no one will connect to her and listen to her song like me. So, again with her piquancy, scent to tongue.. slow, ignoring time– just us. So, I sip.