This was much better than my previous bottle. I allowed it to open up over a few hours. The oak and red fruit was more integrated. The finish was medium and clean but with richer levels of raspberries and cherries.
Solid red blend. Nothing outstanding about it... but no rough edges either. Purple fruit and some coffee on the nose. Blueberry, blackberrt and a little spice on the palate. Smoth finish... not much of a tannin backbone. I'd be drinking these now.
PnVnD let air for 1 hour. Consistent with previous note. Great nose of black fruits with a touch of earth and oak. Flavors nice balance of Bordeaux and California. Lingering blackcurrant pastille and tobacco. Great rich mouthfeel.
Decanted half the bottle through Vinturri and let air for 2hrs. Bright garnet/claret color with slightly brickish rim. Cassis and slightly pruny nose with a touch of tobacco. Medium weight with velvety tannin. Nicely ripe cassis plum and macerated cherry flavors with a touch of herb at the end. Drink up.
The 2005 Haven's Bourriquot I had was something special....very Bourdeaux like....restrained and yet powerful. This is nothing like that...really just a decent Napa cab blend in a bottle with the Havens name...not to mention half the price. A good $10 napa cab. Blueberries and vanilla...very fruit forward, approachable, no tannins...soft fruit mush that isn't a bad drink.
meh....The disingenuous back label raised raised red flags with its implications that this was from the original Havens winery. It could have talked about continuing the Havens tradition, but instead it clearly implies that the winery had been in continuous production. Slimy. The wine inside tastes like generic negociant plonk. No apparent Rutherford signature. On the nose: Oak, then hints of fruit, and oak again dominant on the "finish". If, as advertised, Aaron Potts is associated with this wine I'd like to know in what way. Did he bless the tanker full of bulk juice as it rolled past his office? In fairness, it did get a smidge better after a few hours in a decanter. For those that believe in travel shock, it was opened the day it arrived. Score withheld until it has laid down for a bit.
PnVnD let air or 4hrs. Very claret color not saturated with crimson rim. Red currant cranberry and black currant aroma with a touch of rosemary and sage. Medium(-) weight with black tea tannins. Red fruits on the palate with a bit of plum and cassis, herbal elemants and black tea. Blind you would think Bordeaux not Napa which is a bit of a Havens hallmark still would like a little more black fruit. Really improved over the course of the evening. Will give it at least a year before trying again.