At home with pizza, hanging out with Val and Krista. Drank after a Kistler Vine Hill Chard (09)
Splash decanted, drank over 3 hours. Medium ruby color, mild bricking at the edges. Dark cherry, plums, chocolate, sweet oak, cedar. Consistent with prior notes, there is a sweetness on the back mid palate from the tannins. Medium to long finish.
Better than last bottle, benefited from the air. Aged nicely, right in its zone
Quite good. Cherry and darker fruit, bit vegetal and minty on the nose. Soft tannin, sweet oak, cedar, red and black fruit on the palate. Big, plush, and yummy. Drink now. Alongside the 2002 which had a similar profile but was a step down from the 2001.
Excellent bottle...deep ruby red w/slight edge bricking leading to an enticing nose of Cabernet,cherries and blackfruits. Big lush/soft mid palate of well integrated fruit, tannins and oak...echoing in a long ripe cherry/plum finish, backed by ripe and subtly sweet tannins. Quite nice, probably at peak but not on the down side.
saw my last note, this bottle was very different - by that i mean very good, strong red fruit coming through but hi toned and acid to balance and some gentle spice elements alongside to make it interesting, tannins were 90% gone so feels like drink it now for sure (based on this bottle), had at SHP Cioppino Dinner and the whole team loved it… kudos to Sally for calling the wine
Best of my two bottles. The cork was in bad shape and crumbled when opened. Decanted thru unbleached cheese cloth and rested for about an hour. Excellent in many ways....easily at it's peak. Fresh and fruity but secondary characteristics to add interest. Great on it's own or with food. Drink now -2015.
An absolutely wonderful older Cali Cab. Supple and elegant. Ripe black current and cassis, soft integrated tannins and a 30+ second finish made drinking this a joy. However I believe it's at it's peak and will start it's gradual eventual decline as we speak.
2001 is proving to be a very fine vintage. See, jerwin1943 and others for their takes on this wine. It has shown very well and gave much satisfaction. Everything is well integrated leading to a nice finish. Black & red fruits big in the mid palate. At peak, so enjoy and/or share the good news w/friends and family. After 1 hr. there's a nice note of Dickensen Black Raspberry jam, along with it's spicy characteristics, both in the nose and the mid palate.
Last bottle was several years back, been sitting on this to see how it aged. Medium ruby color. Wine opened up sufficiently after about 20 minutes. Red fruits, cherry, chocolate. Tannins fully resolved. Not your classic cab. Sweeter and lighter.
This has touches of amber, but still a good red color. A little less fruit of the nose, more cedar and some Cab Franc showing? Soft, silky approach, good mid and a little more acid on the finish than I remember. But overall pretty well balanced with a medium length finish.
I bought a few of these on release and most were consumed prior to joining CT in 2009 so I don't have a tasting history on it. With 2 bottles remaining, I decided to pop it mid week to see if it had anything left. I was not expecting the treasure that greeted me. I decanted it for 30 minutes before serving and from the get-go it was stunning. My tasting impressions closely match the well done note of La Cave D'Argent on 5/11/2012 so I will dispense with the replay. I plan to hold on to my last bottle of this until 2015 for a retrospective with my 7 other 2001 Cabs.
Delicious. Beautifully integrated sweet tannins that caress and coat the mouth with plummy cassis/black fruit and light toastiness that echos into a satisfying finish that was in total harmony with my grilled NY strip. Better than last tasted sometime in '05/'06
not a great showing for my taste here, nice nose showed fruit and a little oak early, palate however was more oak than i can tolerate... nonetheless rich and well crafted... after 15-30 minutes in the glass nose was the same but palate was a bit more oaky and the wine showed hot - ugh
This wine retains a youthful appearance, with a deep-to-opaque ruby/red robe. It was Vinturi-decanted off its sediment and serially tasted over the ensuing two hours. The nose is immediately expressive of ripe black fruits, minerals, violets and a touch of eucalyptus. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, generous residual (ripe) tannins, well-integrated alcohol (listed as 14.2%) and luscious black fruit-dominated flavors. The middle palate is solid and the finish is long and smooth. While very nice at this point, there is no doubt in my mind that those who hold well-cellared bottles of this wine will be rewarded for their patience. It is still very youthful and has the structure to accrue complexity over the next few years. 92+. Drink 1/14-12/22.
Gorgeous clear ruby red color, no bricking at all. Beautiful nose, still fruity, cassis, red currants and hints of american oak which has been tamed. On the palate, great balance, fruits and tannin interwoven with delightfull vanilla presence. Feels younger than 10 years and it is just starting to develop mature notes of leather and tobacco. This drinking awesome and is probably at its prime but i it think it still has 3 more years at least.
Smooth as silk! Initially, sulfur on the nose when decanted, which went away within a few minutes. Wish we would have opened it up a couple years ago; it's missing that something. This is an aged wine right here - aged wines have different nuances and difference sublties. I think I prefered it when we first opened it back in '03. There are definite sublties here; I'm just missing that fruit. What a contrast from when we drank it young and now; but it's still good. The fruit is there, no big fruit, no tannins. Glad we opened it now, it would have nothing in a few years. Smooth as silk, that's what this is. That's what I felt about the reserve, too. It's not the Whitehall that we're used to, but the bottom line is it's still good.
Wow this is much better this time around. Dark red core, vibrant red at the edges, no bricking what-so-ever!
Nose: Cherries, cassis, some chocolate and menthol notes, oak, and spice.
Palate: Full but not overbearing, maybe a tab more oak than I like these days but it suits the opulent fruit and big tannins well. The tannins here are pronounced and focused, lengthening the finish texturally. Some acidity joins the finish along with the cherry and cassis fruit.
Very fresh for a nearly 10 year old cab. Full bodied and structured wine with fruit to hold up to a very bold acid frame. Sreams out for some beef or lamb to accompany. Just taking on some secondary character and has nice finish and follow through. Great value for this class of wine.
Perhaps the best bottle of this I've had. Secondary notes, notably sweaty cedar developing on the nose. This secondary character also carries to the palate, with dark fruit, cassis and sense of mint being the highlights. Full bodied without being overpowering. The harshness present on the finish several years ago is largely gone. If a few remaining rough edges round out before the fruit starts to fade, this could be better in a year or two and in fact could last much longer.
A year ago, I thought this wine was "tired". Four months ago, I thought it might be getting its second wind. This time around, it showed better than it ever has. Although my judgment obviously cannot be trusted, it appears to me that it's at (or approaching) its peak. Cassis, vanilla, and mostly plums. Solid Napa cab on the palate, with a long, fruity finish. Very well balanced at this stage, with enough remaining tannins to keep it going for a while longer.
Very good, but not great. Nice red fruit, plum, and vanilla on the nose. Terrific texture, nice rich finish. Nine months ago, I thought this wine was fading, but now I'm not so sure. It may have been emerging from a dumb period then, because it actually seems fresher now.
Solid CA cab from our cellar. Med-Full bodied, with a nice dark cherry core followed by some cassis, herb and oak notes. Still has some tannin and tastes fairly youthful. Lovely fruity finish. Good QPR. Have another that I will hold for at least 2-3 years, in hopes some secondary characteristics arise.
Gorgeous napa cab with perfect age. Expansive palate of cassis, spice, and delicate wood. Very soft and agreeable. Distinctive notes of napa fruit. Drinking perfectly in it's peak window for at least another year. Adored by all.
I won't add much, most of the reviews are right on. This is definitely at peak for well stored stock, but won't fade for a couple years. It is really delicious, and particularly satisfying as a well aged modern Napa Cab. Absolutely phenomenal QPR at $35.
Oh yeah. This wine is nicely matured, but still offers a little life ahead. Boatloads of plums, cassis, and rich red fruits. The back end is a little light on the finish, but there still is a bit of refined tannic grip. This is what a good aged Napa cab should taste like. Drink now. It's not going to get much better...maybe a little different though.
Opened (not decanted) about one hour before drinking. Consistent with a bottle three months ago. Cassis and a hint of vanilla on the nose, plums and spices on the palate. Good texture and a good finish, but it's a little tired.
Color: Dark hue with red edges, lively and still mostly youthful
Nose & Palate: Black berry and cherry aromas, some sweet oak and spice. The fruit is there but delicate. Paired poorly with a maple & honey crusted ham as the sweetness from the pork knocked out the fruit from the Cabernet, leaving bare the tannin and acidity. Choose wisely a good food match. On its own the fruit was there and came right back.
what a fantastic bottle of wine- delightfully elegant with vanilla, spice, leather, and classic cabernet fruits. tannins are well integrated but still provide very nice structure. can't see it getting better but it will be a few years before it fades.
This wine is drinking fantastic right now. I have always enjoyed this one, and it has peaked at this time. Gobs of succulent dark fruits and asian spices. Wonderful nose of blackberry, cassis, vanilla, and spices. Enough tannins left to provide some grip and excellent length on the finish. Fantastic with dijon rosemary bread crusted rack of lamb.
Agree with Vanpe003. Fantastic nose of cassis and vanilla. The tannins are soft, but are still there. The oak was barely there and the fruit is still present. I don't see this getting better and is ready to drink
Solid mid-priced Napa cab. Cassis and a touch of vanilla on the nose, plums on the palate, and a nice, fairly long finish. Plush texture. Nothing wrong, but nothing remarkable, either. Holding up pretty well - should last another year or two.
A very nice bottle. Rich on the nose with cassis and vanilla. Nicely balanced on the palate with hints of tannins on a quite long finish. Drinking very well now, and largely integrated, though another year or two wouldn't hurt. Not sure what if anything the long term holds for this wine. I'd probably drink in the next 1-3 years.
Decanted and poured, rich and concentrated flavors of plums, currants, chocolate and oak. A big cab that went well with a thick porterhouse in a basamic reduction sauce. Plenty of life left, drink over the next 2 or 3 years.
Definitely not as good as the prior bottle. I consumed this one over two days and the second day really soured me here. The second day there was very little fruit and it was almost sour--I actually poured out the last glass.
Loved this. Nose of tabacco leaf and juicy berries, with a graphite/mineral note. Palate is silky smooth, earth and fruity at the same time. Mainly currant and blackberry. Great balance. Still some tannin, offset with good acidity. All round and soft angles. Will hold for a while, but excellent now. Also loved the $37 price sticker on the bottle.
Surprisingly my red WOTN, I thought the '99 Girard would carry that. Medium full body. Rich, lush mouthfeel. Dark cab fruits and cassis. Very good overall balance. Reminded me a lot of an '02 Whitehall Reserve I had a couple years ago.
Popped and poured. Light purple fading to dark ruby. Creme de cassis, lots of dill and some coconut on the nose. More concentrated and full bodied than the last bottle I had, with black cherry, creme de cassis and black currant on the palate. Dill influence is a little too strong on the finish, which I suspect is coming the oak (American oak?). Not bad, but since this was consumed rather quickly, I wish I had more time to evaluate with additional air time, as I suspect it would have benefitted from some breathing.
Huge nose of black currant, black cherry, cedar, leather w/ palate dominated by the fruit and sweet tannins. This wine held its own, in large part because of the aromatics of black currant and cherry, at dinner party along with Opus One and other more expensive Cabs and Super Tuscans. Drinking great right now and will age another 3 to 5 w/ no problem.
Stunning. Drank with the Judd and both were superstars. This had more power and was really firing on all cylinders. Wonderful notes of currants, licorice and cherry. Full-bodied with a terrific finish.
Lots of licorice on the nose when first opened - dissipated quickly and became a muted dark cherry. Taste dominated by dark cherry with some leather, oak and earthy flavors in the background. Very supple, almost merlot-like in texture with just a bit of soft tannin. Surprisingly well-balanced. I think it has peaked. Very enjoyable, with a lot of fruit flavor, but lacking in structure and complexity to be great.
Opened for 1 hour and decanted for another hour. Dark ruby, with some bricking. Vegetal, brussel sprout nose to start. With time, nose develops notes of pepper, cherry and a hint of pickle juice. Palate is more red fruit driven, with red currant, and some black pepper being the most obvious flavors. Soft and mouth coating, but lacking in tannin structure making it a bit flat on the finish. This has become somewhat elegant for an arguably young California cab, but I'm not sure I see much improvement from here on out. I would drink up if you have any.
Deep crimson red in color, on the nose sage, plum and cedar. Medium to full bodied wine, fully mature, nice texture and mouthfeel. The tannins are present but well integrated. Drink up now! 50+5+13+16+7=91
For the cost, this is a very good wine. Classic cabernet, with a bit of cedar and on the nose, dark fruit and cassis on the palette, with a bit of black olive. Pretty consistent with the last two bottles I have had over the last year.
What a great bottle of wine. I got this from a local grocery store that had been sitting on it for a while and reduced it down to $34. Smooth straight out of the bottle, but got even better with an hour of decanting. I loved this.
I have to agree with some of the other tasters on CT. The fruit seems to have faded considerably since the first time I tried it. When I had it the first time, it was screaming with juicy black fruits. This time, however, the fruit was but a whisper. What remains, nonetheless, is a wine that has aged gracefully, with prominent notes of cedar, tobacco, and autumn leaves -- which is appropriate, I suppose, for a wine in its autumn years. As it opened up with air, some muted elements of blackberries and cassis did appear. After about 4 hours, the wine started to fade and decline. My recommendation is to go ahead and drink this wine, as I don't really think it will get much better with time.
I have another three of these in the cellar and decided to try one. Took a couple hours to open up to be a very nice Cabernet, but not quite enough fruit to really bowl me over. Went very well with ribeyes tonight, but nothing extraordinary.
[herb rub steak] Rich and hedonistic. Cassis, blackberry, smoke, and mint on the nose. Still a little rough on the edges, not as balanced as the Match 02 which preceeded. On palate cassis, dark berries, herb, and chocolate. Nice finish. KAB preferred the Match not knowing the price; but at this QPR I would take WH
This is getting better each time I taste it. Originally I thought it was a disappointing 01 and rated it around 85pts. It has improved with cellar time and now it is about a 90-91 pt wine. Plums, a little strawberry and white chocolate. Not as full bodied as the 99 but balanced and very pleasant, medium bodied and good tannins. May get better over the next 3-5 years.
I tasted this at the winery, and I was not very impressed. It was very coppery, it tasted almost surgical (?). Or at least that is what I was thinking. The nose was green. Tasted very tight and underdeveloped. The fruit was overwhelmed by the coppery/calcium flavors. The predominant flavors that I noticed were metallic, bloody, and green like unripe fruit. I have a bottle and I hope that it will age well. I would not drink it for another couple years. I hope that what I tasted was just a bad bottle or that it was not handled correctly.
Drank from a 350ml. Opened for 2 hours, but not decanted. This blossomed very nicely after opening. Not a huge nose, but pleasant. Palate of plum, strawberry and rhubarb. Delicious combination. Medium finish. Based on the time it needed to open up, I think it needs another couple of years to hit its prime.
A good solid cabernet, but light jammy dark cheery notes. Some mocha and a hint of fresh mint of the finish. A bit thin in the mouth with a short finish. The nose did receded after a few hours, this wine was better directly after opening.
After two hours this is finally starting to show well. Rasberry, white chocolate, violets on the nose and palate. Medium bodied. Big tannins. Definitely needs more time (good thing I have one more in the cellar). Not as good as I expected but still overall very enjoyable. 89 points.
This offering is an exceptional wine from an excellent vintage. It displays attractive aromas of mulberry, blackberry, spice and vanilla. This elegant wine is round and supple with alluring flavors of berry, plum and mocha that linger beyond the long, polished finish. The balance of fruit and power make this wine a candidate for graceful aging. From Winery Website.
Tasted in double-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bottle provided by Ken Johnson. Bright disc. Opaque purple robe with violet rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense aromas of black currants, black cherry, mocha and vanilla. Full-bodied on the palate, with low acidity, liberal sweet tannins, well integrated oak and similar black fruit-dominated flavors as for the nose. Long, smooth finish. Very nice.