Nose is hanging in there, but barely. Singed wood and black currant fruit. A bit of fresh mint. Medium-full bodied with just a little tannin left. Flavors are slightly stewed and definitely faded. Milk chocolate. Well, still a neat way to celebrate our 21st anniversary! 85
Deep color. Still looks young int he glass. In the mouth you can taste the age. Tannins are still present but very balanced. Deep dark fruit with some smoke, leather, and spice. Still fruit dominated though. Very satisfying with my bone-in tenderloin.
Good bye (buy) to an old friend. In 1998 I loved this wine. It enticed me from the aromatics to the palate. I probably should have drank all of them before 2000. But I had to know what it would be come. My last taste about 3.5 years ago, I found the wine kind of boring, I don't think I could get past the memories. Well tonight it was about having Cali Claret with a little bit of age. The wine has held its color well. Aromatics have transitioned. Leather, cedar and just a touch of perfumy flowers. The aromas got better as the night went on and with the food. Sweet and tart attack. Followed by an earthy and meaty middle. You need food to deal with the drying tannins ... but that is a good thing. The wine has matured well. It has been a great wine for me. Sad to see it go. I did stand the wine up for 2 weeks but still had to be very careful with the sediment.