Producer Bradford Mountain
Vineyard Grist Vineyard
SubRegion Sonoma County
Appellation Dry Creek Valley
Disclosure This was received as an unsolicited free sample.
The Little Wooden Guy is torn, because the fruit is very good, but it is ultimately overwhelmed by oak, and he is not a fan of the gratuitous use of wood.
On Night One this was tasted as part of a multi-bottle vertical tasting.
The nose was full and sweet, with a kick of black pepper. Fruit on the nose was blackberry and black cherry.
The opening attack on the palate was true to the nose, with blackberries, black cherry and black pepper. Licorice appeared on the mid-palate, but was soon overwhelmed by vanilla and cedar. Tannins were mild and smooth. Based upon the vanilla, it seemed like more than 40% new oak.
The cherry was more dominating on the nose, and a bit tarter than on Night One. Black pepper was there, too.
Vanilla and cherry were more apparent on the palate, the wood continuing to take a major role in the wine.
This was good, but not great, wine. I was a bit put off by the oak, because the vanilla overwhelmed what seemed like terrific fruit.
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