My last bottle of this wine in my favorite vintage. Decanted for less than 30 minutes. Deep garnet. Edge is slightly fading. On the nose, there are strong flavors of leather, tobacco, cigar box, dried leaves, and toasted oak.
The wine starts out with notes of cherry, green pepper, licorice, and black currant. The structure is holding on, with a bit of tannins remaining.
The medium finish gives off white pepper, tart cherry, and faint smoke. The finish is retreating, signifying the wine is on the downslope of its evolution.
While this wine is not what it was 5 years ago, I find it to be extremely enjoyable. Fully mature, displaying a nuanced beauty hidden in its younger years. 1999 remains one of my favorite vintages in Napa; not just because of the amazingly concentrated and long-lived fruit but also because it evokes a style of wine making prevalent during the late 90s which I truly appreciate. Enjoy this wine now, if you have any left!
At Francisco's on The River, Wash Crossing PA. Great spot. With Wendy,Joe, Andrea and David. David and Andrea brought this one, special wine from their cellar, bought in Napa, connection to their first child...
Decanted for about 30 minutes, seemed to be enough to get it going, but it gained complexity as we drank it. Drank before and next to 04 Realm Beckstoffer - very different wines - this held its own
Nice medium/dark purple color. Smooth and elegant, tannins are resolved, faint presence. Plums, blackberry, dark fruits. Medium finish. Still has nice fruit mid palate and is drinking well. Suspect its on its way down over the next 5 years. Drink now.
Dark purple color. Decanted for about 3 hours. Dark fruit plums, blackberry. Earthy, full bodied. Tannins smoothed, but still present, which for me is a plus. Enjoyed paired with roast leg of lamb for Easter dinner.
Wonderful. Had been saving for almost ten years for this year's New Years dinner. A nose almost like bourbon. Peat and fresh cut pine, mint and vanilla. Big jammy flavors, but very soft. The tannins it had years ago are almost all gone. Lovely long silky finish. Deep red gd color. Glad we saved it and glad we chose now to open it.
Opened and decanted for a couple of hours prior. Showing some good red and fruits on the nose, with raspberries, cassis, and blackberries and dusty earth. The fruits also come through on the palate with raspberries, black currant mixing with cola and with drying tannins towards the medium finish. There was a tartness on the finish that was a little off putting when drinking alone but was less noticeable with food. Medium body and I thought lacked a little on the acid side. Less oak showing than some other Cakebreads that I have had (a good thing for me!). Decent cab that should be drunk now. Probably a little expensive for what you get as shows like a text book well made Napa or Washington cab that could be easily purchased for $20-30 less.
Beginning to show some tertiary notes from bottle age, this magnum drank very well with a nice balance between cedary notes of dried herbs and still plentiful black raspberry and currant fruit flavors. Good acidity still, with persistent fruit flavors and well integrated tannins.
This is a very good bottle. The tannins had completely smoothed out, but what was left was a very smooth wine with a good amount of fruit flavors. Not one to hang on to much longer though, as the fruit flavors are in decline a bit, so drink now.
Medium-bodied, smooth and "by the book" CA Cab. Went well with dinner, a good food fine here. Seemed quite mature to me without many lingering tannins, so I'll drink up my remaining bottles over the next couple of years.
Deep purple color leads to a nose of currant and blackberry. The palate contains pure Napa Cab flavors of black fruit, currant, and spice. The finish is smooth and well integrated. This is a very enjoyable bottle of wine, although I do not think it will improve further with additional bottle age.