This took a while to open and that surprised me. If you have this in a mag (this was), it has up to three years before it will decline. This was opened (paired with bone-in ribeye) and did not start to show well for an hour. Dark fruit, soft, nice aromatics after the hour, some blueberry and blackberry, hints of tobacco. This was better two nights later with all of these characteristics more prominent than on night one.
1 hour decant. Earthy, very rich, a little licorice, red and black fruit. Rich loamy earth, slight bell pepper. In fact, this is so complex that you could just name anything and maybe find it in here. The groups unanimous wine of the night.
Mpls Wine Club Napa Blind tasting with cabs, merlot and chard (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red-purple color - no bricking. Decanted for 1.5hrs; drank 1 glass blinde over 90 minutes. Rocking nose, toasted, blackberry, cassis, scorched earth, tar, complex spices, mushroom. The palate is intense, yet elegant, powerful but not over the top, gravel, Blueberry, black cherry, cassis, scorched earth, very long finish. I had hoped this was the Montelena, but the scorched earth made me question whether it could be. WOTN (not to mention QPROTN), 94+pts.
Had a corked bottle a while ago but this wine stole the show tonight. Bordeaux like with coffee, gravel, spice, blueberries, cherries and earth. One of the most balanced wines I have tasted all year and a groups slam dunk wine of the night. Decanted 1.5 hours.
Absolutely gorgeous. Wow! $33 on sale at the best wine shop in Minnesota. Bordeaux like with funk, gravel, spice, raspberries, blueberries and earth. This is so young even at 12 years. Medium to long finish and great acidity. This is a wine of the year candidate. Should still drink well for five plus!
Excellent. Big, hearty Cabernet with a huge nose. Very smooth, long finish. Drinking nicely now, and became notably smoother after about one hour of being open. Very nice, and sad that was my last one.
Full bodied and deep purple, opaque color. Nose of cassis, blackberry, and vanilla. Great first impression as the mouth is coated with sweet dark fruit that leads to a long robust finish of great length. A classic CA Cab that after 8 plus years is hitting on all cylinders. A great wine.
This was great. Still deep red. Big nose with cedar, currants and vanilla, but the vanilla was definitely down the list of things to smell. Big in the mouth with great balance and a long, smooth finish. I wish I had several more. nice old world style - except for the vanilla - that everyone liked.
Big and round with lots of body and a long finish. Pepper and a small hint of bell pepper, but in a pleasant way. Some red and black fruit in the nose and mouth. I'll hold my other bottle at least 2 more years. This is a Calif cab blend, but not an overdone, too much vanilla type. it is not really old world in style, but has a balance of styles that I find enoyable. I recommend this wine for cellaring and serving with either a simple stew to highlight the wine, or a grilled steak that can stand up to its size.
Great Cal type Bordeaux. This wine always pleases and I feel it's very underrated. The fruit is in geat balance with the oak and came thru nicely mid palate. Finish was good. Went well with steaks at Wildfire and was preferred by the crowd over 1998 Stag's Leap Fay. May even get better but this was my only bottle. Might search for more.
Trade show. Bright and fruity. A little tart. Nice bottle, and I would need to spend more time in order to rate. But I feel there are quite a few bottles to be found that are better at this price point.
Winestreet Tastes Spain and California: Dark red color. The nose showed a classic cabernet nose of cassis and some oak. Good, but fairly non-descript. In the mouth this was very fruity, was balanced, and had a decent finish. Tannins were well integrated (especially compared to the Spanish wines). This is a very nice wine for the money, but is a little too generic to buy and cellar.