September 20, 2014 - Deep garnet in color with glint of ox blood on edge. Nose of blueberry, graphite, and hint of leather. Tastes of cassis, blueberry, cocoa, and tobacco. Opened with very dry oaky note that shed after a couple hours of decanting. Still evolving. Should evolve for another 3-5 years.
May 17, 2014 - I thought the wine showed too much alcohol and too little fruits drank two years ago. This showed a lot better.
Pop and pour and over three nights. Noticeable dusty note in the nose then cassis, blueberry jam, plum, a hint of oak and alcohol, cocoa, graphite, cappuccino and earth. Very good concentration not great, round and silky palate, cassis driven sweet fruit palate impression, earth/dust, strong presence of acidity and still noticeable but not obtrusive tannins. On third day, a hint of oxidative note at the end. IMO, some similarity to the Harlan but not as polished and layered. If you look for old school freshness, you won’t find it here.
My ratings tend to be quite close +-2 points but not in this case. A few different possibilities; bottle variation, two additional years of cellaring really helped or my impression varied drastically.
I highly recommend decanting for three to four hours as it drank the best on the second day.
April 15, 2014 - Decanted and drank over 2 hours. Nice though slightly muted nose, tannins tight but soft. 1 hour later the tannins turned a little gritty on the finish but the fruit was more present. Of course the last glass at the 2 hour mark was the best, though I will hold off on drinking more for a few years.
March 15, 2014 - Beautiful wine, very elegant on the pallet. Still quite youthful and slightly dry on the finish after first taste... this clearly has many good years ahead of it.
January 17, 2013 - We agree pretty strongly with DCWINO. Totally out of balance. Needs to be decanted probably 6-8 hours or more. Certainly did not help the food. For a wine this pedigree, very disappointed and was hardly worth drinking. Perhaps we had a bad bottle and will try it again in the future hoping for a more enjoyable experience.
July 20, 2012 - Excellent bottle. Rich with a silky mouthfeel. Dark fruit, beautiful balance.
July 13, 2012 - The first impression is a slight hint of cassis, sweet spices coming from alcohol and extremely oaky dry tannins. What to make out of a wine that Bob rated 93 pts and none of the CT ratings not lower than 90pts where some of the notes are written by the palates that I trust? I was very much looking forward to this bottle as only a month ago I tried a great bottle of the 03 maiden and rated 95 pts.
I tried the 01 maiden over three nights hoping that the fruit will emerge to balance alcohol. The tannins remained woody and dry, perhaps the third night, slightly calmed down. The alcohol remained noticeable and the fruit remained muted. I find the CT user Marc’s note very useful and interesting. “It will infuriate people who despair of the high alcohol, worked style of Napa cabernet. Currently this has nothing to do with the Bordeaux benchmark. Massive, rich and porty on the nose, this wine is layered but it ultimately comes across as monolithic - one needs to searching for the layers.”. I am sensitive to high alcohol but can appreciate the wines like saxum or SQN. I however am not sure the time will solve the disjointed nature of this wine including lack of the fresh fruit expression. My rating for this wine reflects the respect for other taster’s assessments as well as my belief in 20 point based 100 point scale unless the wine is clearly flawed. This was purchased from the winery and always kept at my temperature controlled cellar.
April 13, 2012 - This is undoubtedly outstanding wine that brings a lot of excitement to the table. However, it will infuriate people who dispair of the high alcohol, worked style of Napa cabernet. Currently this has nothing to do with the Bordeaux benchmark. Massive, rich and porty on the nose, this wine is layered but it ultimately comes across as monolithic - one needs to searching for the layers. Candied fennel, dried thyme, cigar box and extremely ripe plums are bound to a hugely tannic framework - one that became more and more apparent as the wine opened up. The wine comes across as warm as well. Not a great match with sous vide lamb with tapenade on a bean and radish salad - one that worked extremely well with the Coleraine 05 and Larrivet Haut Brion 00 earlier in the week. I will not touch my next bottle for 5 years - hoping that the wine gains further nuance and a sense of transparency that will allow one to get into the fruit complexity. I don't think that the fruit is going to fade on this.... I hope this will evolve in the same manner as the 95 Maiden. For now and for its style (if you like this ostentatious kind of thing) 92+.
April 11, 2012 - Very good showing. Deep coloring, no chips in the mouthfeel or finish. Deep currant and purple fruit core with juicy minerality on top. I liked this very much. Wine is dense, but not heavy. Plenty of life yet to go. Liked this with a bit of air in the glass, decant not necessary I think.
November 24, 2011 - Big, dense and powerful, and a little overwhelming at first with some oaky bitterness and a little alcoholic warmth sticking out in the first few sips. With air it integrates beautifully, combining dark chocolate, plums, black cherries, vanilla and well integrated oak accents into a very rich but well balanced package. There's tremendous power and persistence here, and while it's not the sort of wine I'd want to reach for every day, it's great to sit down with and enjoy over a few hours.