I opened this wine for last week’s customer tasting, and want to pass along what we found. Just a couple of quick ideas can help you greatly increase the enjoyment of this profound wine.
The wine is aromatic and lively, even a bit frizzante at first. The best glass of this wine I had all evening was actually the next morning, after the wine had been exposed to 12 hours worth of air.
To enjoy this wine to the fullest, break out your decanter (or any clean, wide-bottomed glass container), pop the cork and give this wine a good sloshing as you pour – this baby needs air – and some active swirling once decanted. If you can plan in advance, you’d be wise to decant two or three hours before pouring the first glass.
The Wine – A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (“GSM” 55/27/18%) from Sonoma’s famed Unti Vineyard. Give your glass a good swirl-n-sniff and you’ll get generous aromas of candied red fruits, sweet spices and dark fruits – blackberry and bitter cherries and delicious hints of sweet black licorice and cola. If you can find the willpower, this wine will reward a few years of quiet repose. It is a baby right now.
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