I happened upon a bottle of this. I usually like to taste it blindly as to not be swayed too much, but the wine was outed...
On initial pop n pour:
Color: Deep red, garnet color, no sediment
Nose: alcohol dominates, followed by some oak/cedar, then fruit--strawberry (jam)/cassis
Palate: med to full body, dark fruit, prunes, with some heat. Tannins are fairly smooth, not biting. Overall, seems well integrated. Long lasted on the palate, as well.
Initial impression: was worried about the heat, felt it was a pretty big, ripe wine. SWMBO wasn't a fan.
Nose: No/minimal heat, hint of burnt petrol (pretty cool, actually), strawberry jam/raspberry. Seems nice.
Palate: Nicely balanced. Deep red, ripe fruit with a slight raisiny/prune taste that suggests to me the fruit was ripe at harvest, but not so much that I would call it a fruit bomb. Some oak/vanilla and tannins seem nice. Not much harshness. Long lasting.
Impression: I like it! SWMBO, not so much. I think this is a pretty big wine, but well integrated. I'm left thinking that this is pretty representative of Paso fruit.
~ 2 hrs later:
Nose: cedar, hints of vanilla, some etoh/cherry
Palate: Nice integration. Minimal heat. Dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Well balanced. Tannins are smooth and not very biting. A long finish.
Overall, this is a pretty big, bold wine that is nicely integrated. It would go well with grilled foods, and went well with the brisket. I liked the Amon-Ra shiraz that we had with the brisket better, but that bottle is also the cost of the 3 in this set. This is drinking well now, and should for the next several years, I suspect.
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."