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| ||Tasted by ZachF88 on 6/8/2015 & rated 89 points: Typical Dave Phinney wine that is big, rich, and over extracted. One of his better wines though. Drinking well now, so start drinking. Falvors of blueberry, plum, dark berries, slight oak, heat, and that was about it. (260 views)|
| ||Tasted by lockestep on 4/4/2015 & rated 88 points: Not bad, but mostly a one-trick pony. It tastes like Napa Cab, medium body, decent finish, drinking well, but never really gets you thinking. Or saying to yourself "I want more of that". (697 views)|
| ||Tasted by jctra on 9/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Gets better every time.|
Decent nose, blackberry, cassis, cigar box and stone on the palate. Medium body, medium finish. Nice, sweet tannins. Not to complex but easy drinking.
Drink now or hold for another couple of years. (1586 views)
| ||Tasted by Romol on 8/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 2 hours. Better than last bottles, but for me eralier orin swift vintages (generally) were better. 91 pts (1542 views)|
| ||Tasted by bjamesclark on 4/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Part of the Palermo 4 year vertical. |
Deep ruby hues with high viscosity and high concentration. the wine shows no rim variation and bright reflections.
Allowing to breathe opens up the wine to express aromas of currant, fresh picked cherries, herbs of bay leaf and thyme, cedar, brambly blackberry, baking chocolate, black pepper and fresh ground espresso beans.
The full bodied palate is structured with medium+ acidity, moderate + plush tannins and moderate+ alcohol. Flavors of currant, red cherries, blackberry, dark coffee, dark chocolate, wood, graphite, herbs, black pepper, vanilla and burnt sugar.
The finish is long and moderate+ in intensity.
Overall well structured and showing slightly better than the 09 and the most classic cab notes of the 09-12 vertical, with the highest acidity. (2318 views)
| ||Tasted by smileBD on 3/2/2014 & rated 89 points: Really nice, rich cab. As we drank it while watching the oscars it continued to open up and drank even better. I have never had never had Palermo but will definitely buy it in the future. It's a great cab for the cost and will be my new go to with Provenance the other go to everyday wine. Always looking for really good Cabs under $40. (2467 views)|
| ||Tasted by gavinesq on 11/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Fat but not at all flabby. Well-extracted fruit, mostly very ripe plums. Cocoa nibs and slight hints of wintergeen. A little tight but opened up beautifully with some air. (2864 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lax4 on 11/1/2013 & rated 88 points: Drank with dinner. Nice bodied wine for the price. (2035 views)|
| ||Tasted by shadow on 10/23/2013 & rated 93 points: Little cherry coke, touch of oak that rolls into a nice finish (2323 views)|
| ||Tasted by mpricher on 10/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Same as last TN's. This is a real value at this price point. Always delivers a great Calif Cab experience. worth the coin. (1745 views)|
| ||Tasted by wadcorp on 8/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Consistent with previous bottle. If anything, the cherry notes have moved forward. A little cherry cough drop seems to have popped up. Working well. (2081 views)|
| ||Tasted by Madkat on 8/2/2013 & rated 87 points: As others have noted... better on Day 3 than Day 1. When opened there is more alcohol than anything else on the is wine... nose & palate. Better after recorked and tasting again on Day 3 where other aspects of the wine come through... sort of. All in all... just a better than average Cab and not worth the price. (1742 views)|
| ||Tasted by LIBERO on 7/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Better after one hour (1803 views)|
| ||Tasted by LCHammer on 4/29/2013 & rated 92 points: No detailed notes but everyone loved it. Lucky I found more. (2385 views)|
| ||Tasted by JDR58 on 4/27/2013: Definitely needed a little time to open up but once it did it was as smooth as any I have tasted (2305 views)|
| ||Tasted by ncivello on 3/17/2013: A smooth taste, well balanced with a good finish. Slightly earthy with a some cherry and good spice on the nose. Very good... I liked it. (2641 views)|
| ||Tasted by crushzone on 2/17/2013 & rated 88 points: - Violet color with fast forming legs. It's somewhat balanced with a medium/full body. Juicy texture with a medium finish. (2987 views)|
| ||Tasted by copdyke on 2/9/2013 & rated 90 points: earthy with a hint of strawberry and cherry. Would get again and hold on to it for a while (3199 views)|
| ||Tasted by CarlCP on 2/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Dark violet color|
Nose is very spicy, cinnamon, earthy leather with strawberry and cherry
Taste is dry strawberry, cherry and very earthy
Finish is dry
Over all this wine needs to breath about 2 hour as it is a very young wine. But it really opens after it has decanted. Very excellent with food and light cheese such as Asiago
A little pricey but very a good wine. (2819 views)
| ||Tasted by JimN on 1/10/2013 & rated 89 points: First time ever for this wine. Tasted like an amped up Pinot. The Merlot has a real influence here. I really enjoyed it for what it is, especially at less than $30. Perfect for a party. No question it will be a crowd pleaser. An hour or so in the decanter and it was good to go. Probably benefits from a few years in the cellar, but fun to drink now. (3236 views)|
| ||Tasted by 1H2oMan on 11/5/2012 & rated 90 points: Love this cab (3856 views)|
| ||Tasted by mflesh on 10/28/2012 & rated 90 points: One of many tasted at Debbie and Brad's first wine dinner at Bella Ranch. Bottle decanted for about 1-2 hours and then ran through a vinturi when tasting. 78 Cab, 18 Merlot, 4 Cab Franc. This wine poured a dark red with purple accents. This was a medium to full bodied wine, smoky and blackberry filled nose with a hint of some sweetness. The wine on the entry was consistent with blackberrry, ripe black cherry, fig, and was a little heady right up FRONT actually. The wine settled to a more earthy presentation. The wine finished VERY tannic, and this one would have gone very well with a dark bloody steak to offset it all. I actually don't think this wine is ready to drink either. I'd give it at least another 1-2 years before even attempting it. Prime drinking is probably somewhere in 2015 or 2016. Done by 2020. (3606 views)|
| ||Tasted by wadcorp on 10/19/2012 & rated 90 points: Inky dark purple. Notes of blackberry, bramble fruit, cherry, mocha. Some have decried the 15.5 alcohol, but it's not drinking like a high-alcohol wine at all. Pairs well with food. Drinking well now. (3616 views)|
| ||Tasted by LIBERO on 10/13/2012 & rated 90 points: Easy drinking , fruity (3679 views)|
| ||Tasted by GTFreek on 9/21/2012 & rated 89 points: Pretty fruit forward. Not sure time will change that. Nice flavors though, easy drinking. (3575 views)|
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