*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Humanitas Wines.
While out visiting in Sonoma last month, we sadly crossed wires with Judd of Michel Schlumberger and weren’t able to visit at the winery. However, Judd had a bottle of wine he wanted me to try so he ran by Zin where we were dining with Russ and dropped off a bottle for me. The guys had already ordered flights of Zin and I was doing a tasting menu, otherwise, we would have opened it right then. Alas, it deserves its own examination, so I took it home to give it a proper tasting. The wine is the 2006 Humanitas Signum, a red wine blend…each bottle is numbered, as only around 160 were produced. I have (had) bottle 1740. It had a plastic cork closure and clocked in at 14.8% alcohol by volume.
On the nose I found plum, berries, spice, black currants, sage, black cherries, black fruit, nutmeg, chocolate, and brown sugar. An absolutely yummy nose, but it needed time to open up, this wine is a baby! In the mouth I got blackberries, black currants, black fruit, anise, spice, pepper, black cherry, plum, brown sugar, and some slight red berries peeking through on the edges.
Overall, I know this has the potential to be a fabulous wine, but right now it’s young. I got to try this at the Wine Blogger Conference last year (and even snuck the remnants onto the bus in my purse) and on night two, just being stored under cork, this was knock your socks off good. Judd kindly passed the leftovers to me last year, and I didn’t want to share! I’d say give this one around 5 years and then taste it again. Definitely one for cellaring.