Super Serious. Not frivolous raspberry chocolate slurp juice. Deep. Serious. Spicy. There’s an awful lot of wine going on here.
Deep garnet, again that spice on the nose hinting at this being something else entirely…is there Sangiovese blended through? Is that rosemary? Ironstone and blood and black olives. Then the quintessential raspberries and a lovely array of plush fruit. There’s an almost “Throaties” aspect to this. Sweet & Savoury at the same time…not medicinal though. After all that, it’s only then you notice c oak (Oak for the most part, should be like good umpires in a footy game, not noticeable but help the flow and context along. It’s only when something is wrong that you notice it. Them. Pretty sure, trying to add up all the percentages of ages of barrels used in the maturation of this wine that it is 104% oaked.)
A big wine, full bodied with a long finish, the weight and power is there at 14.5% alcohol, but neither hot nor jammy. Savoury, again that herb
Importantly a wine in balance and check…I seem to keep repeating that word for my Chapel Hill Reviews, but I can’t help it. That’s what these wines are about. To quote Sean Connery in ‘Highlander’ “b-a-l-a-n-c-e…balance.”
Bravo M Fragos and team. Bravo.
Source: Sample courtesy of Chapel Hill