August 3, 2013 - Needed 90 minute decant. Port and raisin out of the bottle that burned off into a nice balanced wine with time. Still have one left, will not wait to open.
June 23, 2012 - Decanted, after 4 hours opened up to be a classic cab, though not as powerful or rich as the 1995 we had last year.
April 21, 2012 - Deep, deep cherry. Decanted for three hours ahead of first taste. Five hours in started to get a bit of cocoa. Minerals on the nose and taste, light and consistent. A hint oF eucalypus. The wine is past it's prime and I knew that at time of purchase. Great value for me but I would suggest that if you have the 1997, drink now.
March 23, 2012 - Really closed for about an hour and opened up. Beautiful fuit
March 17, 2012 - - Slow forming legs. It's unbalanced with a medium finish.
November 5, 2010 - nose - whoa. cassis, licorice, cocoa, chalk (?) big nose
mouth - big bold fruit followed by massive tannins. the tannins quickly wipe out the fruit, and i think they overdid it a bit. sadly i dont think this wine will ever come into balance. would pair well with a blue cheese.
September 3, 2009 - Brooding and dark with moist earth, tobacco, and some sour blackberry. Unlike a few recent tasters, I think this wine has past its prime. While still showing significant tannins, I don't think the fruit balance is there for longer aging. Could perhaps have benefited from a vigorous decant which unfortunately wasn't available with mediocre BYOB wine service at a local restaurant.
June 29, 2009 - Very dark color, still young, primary, and tannic. Good cabernet flavor, intensity, and depth. Needs a few more years at least. 91+
May 23, 2009 - Beautiful dark color with great fruit remaining.
May 12, 2007 - I have a few bottles left, and have had the pleasure of consuming about 10 of these beauties over the past 5 years. From my experience I'd say that it has finally reached a dumb phase in its development. Until recently it has always seemed to be a powerhouse in its infancy - rich and brooding, with lots of dark fruits, yet backward. It remains inky purple with no visible signs of fading, but the las two bottles have been muted on both the nose and palate. I recommend waiting another year at this point to give it time to reemerge. I have always been a huge fan of this wine, and I am looking forward to it finally reaching maturity. Thus far I would consider the '97 Oakford to be in the 93 point range, but in this stage of development it can not be fairly rated. Interestingly enough, I think the '97 Staglin is also a bit closed down right now and is on the cusp of reemerging into something spectacular.