On his way to torment poor Dorothy and Toto (and probably shaken up by the Napa earthquake), a flying monkey accidentally dropped a package by me. Luckily it didn't break like some hearts in Napa recently. And I let it rest for a few days, in case it had some bottle shock when dropped from that height.
Surprise, surprise, it was a bottle of Swilly's latest swill, aka Red Zeppelin Tempranillo-Tannat-Syrah blend. Looking forward to the backbone that Tannat and Syrah will put into it.
On popping, it had nice red fruit aromas (cherry, plum) along with hints of tomato, tobacco, & leather. I had chilled it, and let it bottle rest (opened bottle, sniffed, and re-corked it for an hour).
Nice deep red color, and swirls nicely. Drinking nicely after 1 hr (technically 1st hour alone in the bottle, then poured after that) for the first glass, and even better after the 2nd hour (for the 2nd glass)!
Smooth, and not as many tannins as one might expect from the Tannat & Syrah blended in. Not the big mouth-pucker tannins, but more smooth.
Nothing like swirling it too much (such that a nice 1 inch blob of red wine is on my shirt now). Mourning more for the wine than the shirt. Wonder if sucking on it would work?
More tomorrow, since I left half in the bottle for then. It'll be early, since I have a 5:30 engagement.
In for 2 sets!!! (So much for holding off on buying!)
Darn you WineDavid for putting Stillman up again!