Sunday, February 26, 2012
By way of background, opening thoughts: Sometimes kitchen sink blends can blow away each of the individual components of a wine. Today we have a chance to try a real kitchen sink blend, combining carignane, zinfandel, mouvedre, alicante bouschet, petite sirah and black malvoise. Thanks Eric!
Original tasting and review : This is Trinitas Cellars Mysterium California Red Wine, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep burgundy with purple hints.
On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows an intriguing old-timely oaked California aroma, almost like it was from out of the 1970's cabernet sauvignon era. Adds some black pepper to the equation. From the aroma, seems like this will be oaky and bold, both deep and bright.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright, fresh, sweet raspberry fruit, with a nice dosing of oak to challenge the brightness. Noticeable tannins draw in around the fresh fruit to help a long finish linger.
In summary: Overall, a wine I would definitely come back, enjoy because of its friendly yet complex layers and likely stay with exclusively for an evening.
Following long decant, full week under vacuum kept cool in partially filled bottle: Deep, inky, violet aromatics. Sleek, deep, concentrated raspberries now, gently sweet with soft aromatic robes. Oh my gosh, I would challenge you to take this bottle away from me!
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