Saturday, September 3, 2005 - Dinner at Rim Rock Cafe (Whistler, BC): I called ahead to order this and have it decanted 90 minutes before arrived, a serious wine geek move, even for me.
Liqueur of Napa! Man oh man, this stuff rocks. Tightly wound even with 2.5 hours in a decanter, this has a soaring nose of cassis and cranberry, so pure. The palate is powerful and intense, so fantastically liqueur like, seamless yet also surprisingly brooding and black with dark chocolate and a hint of tar. This is still very youthful and a bit drying on the back end with loads of stuffing to let it age gracefully for many years to come. I need to track some more of this elixir down for the cellar!