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2010 Fable Napa Valley Charbono
popped, poured half into a split that was returned to the wine fridge, other half was tasted over the following hour.
Color: Dark reddish purple. Perfect clarity but VERY Dark.
His: sassafras, cherry, redwood forest floor.
Hers: Ripe red plum, yellow cake, a hint of cinnamon, fresh sage (with a note of alcohol - surprising for a 12.7% wine)
His reply: I'll agree with the red plum as opposed to the cherry but i still like my sassafras on the front and the earthiness of the forest floor on the end. I didn't get the alcohol but I am not particularly sensitive to it.
Her reply: I understand the sassafras, but I'm getting that more as a split flavor: the sweetness folded into the yellow cake, and the herbal as the cinnamon and sage. I do see the earthiness of the forest floor, which I didn't initially describe, but don't feel that fully encompasses the brighter green + alcohol note that I'm getting on the end.
His: Mid level nondescript acid on entry, followed by more of the same on the middle resolving to a bit of greenness and then cherry. The finish fades without oak influence to a slightly greenish mineral note
Hers: I see this wine as having two layers: the top, brighter note is a flavorless void while the bottom has a full plum note accented by baking spices and a bit of black pepper. This ends with a lot of dry tannins without any other flavors lingering to back them up.
His reply: ok, she was absolutely right about the two levels and I get the forest floor from the nose as well as the plum and perhaps espresso on the bottom while the top is still very meh. The tannins are reminiscent of a young Petite Sirah.
His: The color is exciting, the nose follows on that promise and furthers it by having flavors that aren't as common but the palate falls short of the build up. The wine is not flawed, the mouthfeel is full, it isn't bitter or horribly tannic, there just seems to be a significant flavor missing to fill out the palate.
Hers: The interesting nose is the high point. Overall, a decent mindless wine - the flavors it has are enjoyable, and the flavors it lacks can be overlooked if you are simply enjoying the wine with a meal rather than dissecting it. Try it for the novelty of an unusual and palatable varietal, but don't expect it to stand in for an old favorite.
After being open for over 2 hours, the notes stand with the exception of the finish being a bit longer/ more complete and the tannins fading slightly.
I will open the split and post A second set of notes before this closes this evening. I hope that the wine will have developed a bit more. I am sad give one of Ali's wines a less than stellar review.
2014 - 20 Btl. Fjellene (10 bot), Urraca Chard (10 bot)
Last purchase: 5/3/14
2013 - 75 btl. 2012 - 98 btl. 2011 - 112 btl. 2010 - 30 btl.