Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blackstone Sonoma Reserve "Rubric" 2006

Smoky oak and vanilla aromas are exuberant but kept well in check, and grilled graphite, red plums, a touch of chocolate, and even a hint of sesame seeds mingle effortlessly in the glass. All that silkiness of the nose is echoed on the palate, with a hint of caramel and a chocolate-covered-wafer note. The fruit, however, is more restrained than you’d expect, which works in the wine’s favor.

It’s still young—I’d lay it down for 3 – 5 years—but the minerality of the mid-palate and the spiciness on the front-end of the finish promise a fascinating, rewarding evolution ahead. For now, I’d either drink it with food or give the oak and alcohol a bit of time to integrate. The wait, however, will definitely be worth it. Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Merlot (10%), Petite Verdot (8%), Syrah (8%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Petite Sirah (6%), and Tannat (2%).
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