The 2004 Agharta spent 58 months in French Oak Barrels. After blending the wine settled in tank for an additional couple of months in order for us to achieve the proper settling required to bottle this wine without any fining or filtration. The majority of the barrels utilized for this blend were older neutral barrels with just 2 of the selected 19 barrels being new in 2004. Two of the barrels had been co-fermented with Viognier and another with Marsanne and Roussanne, bringing the final blend of this wine a small lift from the white grape aromas.
Evolved aromas of roasted earth, dried leather and meat jus immediately emerge from the surface of this opaque liquid. Eventually fruit aromas respond to your coaxing and tiny currants, the ripest blackberries and the densest of blue fruits fill out the darker more evolved aromas of leather and tar. The wine is thick and immediately mouth coating with a very richly textured and immensely concentrated sensation of fruit and spice. The secondary aromas of delicate white flowers, black summer truffles and dark roasted coffee highlight the fruit as the wine unfolds in your mouth. This wine isn’t noticeably oaky or excruciatingly tannic or seemingly sweet, it is just all kind of ‘there’ composed and finely knit together in a very decadent glass of wine.