91 Points

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - Another bottle of this really outstanding and slowly maturing Napa cab enjoyed last night at Josh's on the Square in Hickory NC with wine friends Danny and Pat Bolick so this bottle was popped and poured - this is however a wine which really can stand to be decanted. Continues to improve, love this stuff and highly recommend it but not a great QPR at $60+ / bottle. We get a case from the local distributor every year. Overall tasting notes very consistent: dark, intense and big yet very well balanced at this point with tannins starting to mellow and oak core speaks of cellaring potential for many years to come. Bouquet of dark stone fruit, tar and blackberry. Primary flavors dominated by classic Napa cab cassis with dark fruit, both blue- and blackberries present, black pepper and with aeration leather and mocha developed. I still agree with my previous assessment that on full maturation over the coming years I see this wine eventually in the 93 - 94 point range - however at the rate I am going through this stuff I will never see that day with my bottles.

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