I recently got two bottles of Leviathan 2009, a red blend from Napa, on sale at a good price. Since they were young but I was curious, I decanted one, which I shared with friends at a party, and drank the other straight out of bottle, which I then took notes on. I actually rather wish I had done both close together so I could have compared.
Regardless, the Leviathan was an inky plum color, quite beautiful in the glass.
It was young, and the nose hadn't developed quite yet; it was almost astringent with overwhelming oakiness. It had a round, cassis-laden taste, and that oak showed through again; with time I think the flavors will integrate better. What dim memory I have of the decanted bottle tends to support that conclusion - I seem to remember it being more complex and nuanced.
The finish was surprisingly mellow, a bit simple, but good.
Overall, a fine bottle of wine, especially for the price.
Books: Finally finished The Wilderness Warrior! Hooray! I've started The Cuckoo's Calling now.
Bottles: An interesting dry rose from France; can't remember the name.
Writing: Actually, been doing a lot of Photoshopping lately...but at least I'm doing something artistic.
Guitar: Examining fretboard logic. (TM?)