Buddy generously brought this over. Popped and took a small pour. Very little on the nose and tight and tannic. This screamed for a decant, so did a splash decant. An hour in, started to come around, but was still a bit reticent. 2 hours in, finally showing it's stuff. Obviously young, but great concentration of of dark fruit. Nicely balanced, great complexity...just a really fantastic bottle of wine. If you open this, open it early and give it hours of air.
Really hard to wrap my head around this wine. I am a huge fan of full throttle but this takes it to the next dimension. The Darnajou profile is super intense and seems to mask some of the purity of the fruit. No doubt a well made wine but shockingly a bit over the top for me.
Welcoming Chicago winos - Part Deux (BLT Steak - Washington D.C. - High Octane Wines): As usual incredible concentration and intense fruit without being too much. Intense nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, lead pencil and blue flowers. Incredible concentration, unctuous, intense yet cool blue fruit driven palate impression, intense fruit masks the tannins and lovely long finish. This will need to settle a bit but really hedonistic with the intense youthful fruits.
Holy moly! Chris brought this special treat into Bistro Dre with Looty and Johnny. It's been a little while since I've sampled a Schrader. How could I possibly forget how fantastic and just plain old delicious their Cabs are - all of them. Whenever I taste a Schrader the first thing I think of is gorgeous elegant fresh leather. Loads of fruit bombard your senses. Cassis, plums, dark cherries and raspberries. The smoke, earth and leather is killer. So royal and elegant. This is the absolute pinnacle of Napa Cabernet. I mean, it is completely worth the price tag of now $175. Yes, I've seen it climb over the years from $125 but it's still a steal considering the price of other "blue chip" wines that are rarely this good. The palate is exceptional. Grabs your attention at every sip. Such a long well endowed finish. Big and burly without being over the top. Still great acidity. These wines all tip toe on the brink of perfection. Stunning. Highly recommended. Best wine of 2013 so far! Thanks Chris!
Decanted and drank over two days. As expected from a cult CA cabernet: Huge blackberry fruit, coffee, brown sugar and pepper emerge from the nose. Very ripe and sweet on the palate. Not as long as other vintages and actually pretty tannic on the finish. But still lingers for a long time. The alcohol is present and I am concerned this may fall apart in time but this is certainly a hedonistic wine that can be consumed now or in the next few years.