July 6, 2017 - Dark, dark ripe cassis fruit and pleasant fresh green pepper. Touch of graphite. Floral accent. Plush mouth feel. HRH likes this stuff.
June 18, 2017 - Best of recent vintages
May 29, 2017 - Don brought a bottle over for Memorial Day - no detailed notes but lush and very smooth - black fruit and tobacco is what I recall.
April 26, 2017 - Really deep purple color. This bottle never really seemed to open up for me - remained a bit acidic over the course of a couple of days, fruit never really made its way forward. Will wait on next bottle for a few years.
December 25, 2016 - Very good, but needs at least 5 more years in the cellar. Lots of great primary fruit and spices.
December 7, 2016 - 2009 (Mostly) Napa & St. Julien Vintage Tasting (Lincoln Square Steaks, NYC): I always love the "One Point Five" but I'm "only" giving it 91 points this time. It seemed a touch less impressive than 4 other 2009s my group had alongside it. I'm sure if it was the only wine of the night, I would have scored it higher.
November 24, 2016 - Arrrggghhh!!! Completely inappropriate for Thanksgiving! What a waste. Two more left...
September 18, 2016 - - Garnet color. It's balanced with a full body. Bright texture with a long finish - Wow... rich in flavors, smooth fruit/ berries with a hint of vanilla. Long finish.
July 16, 2016 - Deliciously smooth.
December 24, 2015 - Opened, not decanted, for two hours.
The wine looks inky colored. It smells like red currant, blackberry, stoniness and espresso. It tastes like chocolate. The body is medium/full. The wine finishes medium.