Drank blind after a 3 hour decant. Had a bit of spice going on that made it a tough call between Cali syrah and cab. The lack of hotness on the finish bent it back towards cab. Dark and brooding wine. I drank this wine a little over a year ago and it seems to be showing a little more fruit at this point. The finish was smooth but once I finished my food it got rougher. A good wine, but I am still partial to the 2005 vs. 2006.
Decanted 3 hours. Notes of Kirsch on the nose along with cassis. Medium plus body but shows a really smooth, refined mouthfeel. Nice black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. The fruit comes over as very clean and precise. Did not get any of the heat that the nose suggested. Some notes of dark chocolate but overall not a complex wine which is slightly disappointing at this price point. Long finish with smooth tannins. Very good wine which is quite approachable at this time.
Tasted blind: Deep red. Nose of 'Mon Cherie' chocolate, quite alcoholic. Same story continues on the palate...sweetness, alcohol and dark fruit. Overall a very well "made" wine... but just a bit too much of everything. Decant for 3 hours of wait...
Sloan Asterisk is a great wine. Not cheap but much more reasonable than the top Sloan cab and I think they have done a great job with this wine. This vintage is drinking well. I have been opening this vintage regularly over the last two years and it has been great each time. Always a crowd pleaser. Best with an hour or two of decanting but possible to open and go if you want.
Decanted for 2 hours and brought to a restaurant. Asked to have the wine decanted further and we started to consume it after 3 hours. It was doing pretty well at this point and I was not thinking that it required additional decanting (but certainly wouldn't hurt). You can smell the blend on the nose. A very nice wine for the price, but not quite a bargain.