– January 3, 2019
We opened our second (and last!) bottle of 2012 on 3 January 2019 — rewarding some brief careful cellaring. The colour has started to turn into those russet / garnet tones and the nose is all dark plum, spice and chocolate, with lifted floral notes that I suspect have come from judicious use of quality oak. The palate is long and full; blue-black fruits dominate and linger, and there is some pepper too. Tannins peek through (revealing the ability of this wine to continue ageing) but are largely integrated into that long lingering finish. No jarring alcohol or acid. Delicious now. Thanks Rob and the team at Somerled — this wine was beautiful.
– January 4, 2019
It was great to read such a wonderful description of the 2012! It really confirms that the wine has turned out as well as, and maybe better than, we’d hoped years ago.
I love the idea that the wine is balanced, with no aggressiveness from the acid, tannins or alcohol. One of the rewards from long barrel maturation.
You make it sound so good that I’d like to open one now!
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed and terrific review.
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