Popped and poured, and this really could have used a few hours in the decanter. The nose was gorgeous with lots of bright black cherry, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry, but you could also still detect some heat on the nose. There was also a bit of plummy-ness to the nose, and some vegetal spice.
On the palate, there wasn’t a whole lot that inspired me here, and I have to say, that I have not been all that impressed with the last few wines we’ve had from Gary’s Vineyard, whether they be from Kosta Browne, or other wineries. Maybe this vineyard is just not appealing to me, I don’t know. Or maybe it was just the 2006 vintage that we haven’t enjoyed. Time will tell.
More dark cherries on the palate, but this definitely had some heat, and was a bit on the bitter side. Sometimes bitter is not bad, and this wasn’t overly offensive. Secondary nuances of strawberry, cola, spice, and a bit of herb rounded out the palate, with some tannin and alcohol on the finish.
In my opinion, this wine just needs some more time to come around, and we’ll give it another couple years before we pop another! 86 points