With Valerie and her pals on a weeknight visit...purchased this at release from the vineyard, was time to revisit, first wine of the night. PnP, drank over about an hour
Dark ruby color, no visible signs of age. Nose was dark berries, allspice, floral and herbs. Nice aroma on the decant, still very full and rich. Palate repeats with black fruits, blueberries, cedar, cocoa, burnt sugar. Medium mouthfeel, long finish
Really nice wine that's aged beautifully. In a good spot now, was WOTN for a couple guests...my guess is it drink at this level for another 5 years....good stuff
Very unique nose, with a freshness that I wouldn't expect from a 12 year old Napa cab. The palate has a good amount of acidity, along with tangy red raspberry, black cherry and a smoky mesquite note. Long finish. Definitely more old school CA than modern in style.
Aroma: dark berries, allspice/anise, floral note Plate: Decanted for about an hour, Delicious, a little asparagus, red licorice, smooth, cedar, subdued fruit, cocoa, blueberries. We had it with chicken satays and spicy peanut sauce and it matched surprisingly well.
Popped and poured. Ruby red with no signs of bricking. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar followed by sweet red fruits and hints of vanilla, mocha and cedar on the palate. A real charmer this one with plenty of legs left.
This was a beautiful bottle of wine that needed time and air. Showed some age at first but time revealed the aromas and taste of fruit. This bottle continues to evolve with fruit, chocolate and cigar box. It had a long lingering finish. Very good.
Drinking well now and a big favorite from a dinner where we opened 10 different 2001 cabs/blends. Well balanced, very rich mouthfeel and excellent fruit flavors. Good nose and finish - all around a success.
Hadn't had a bottle of this for a couple years as it was sleeping in the cellar. Nice nose with cocoa tar and plum. Palate is decent but simple. Not a long finish. Hopefully it improves with age but I have a feeling this is the best this wine can achieve.
This is a very well constructed Cab that has not yet come into its own. Wait at least two to three years to try it again after it has emerged from a dumb period.
I had this wine again on 10-7-09. It is starting to open up with an intense aroma of tart cherries and berries on the nose. The taste is very concentrated with flavors of blackberries, cherries and kirsch. There is some mushroom and a hint of truffle. All in all it is coming right along and should be revisited in another two to three years.
Drank this a few nights ago... from memory, this was absolutely beautiful. Splash decanted, bottle left open for a few hours...consumed 3/4s first night... beautiful soft fruit behind shedded oak, mocha, tobacco, minerals, floral elements, and currant. Finish goes on and on...
Rich, lush cherry and fresh brewed coffee with wonderful earthy undertones. Creamy, mouth coating heft that makes one think of drinking hot chocolate. Nice oak structure. My first experience with this wine, I'd say it is just entering its prime drinking window but will continue improving and stay there for years to come.
Sometimes timing is everything. We decided to order foie gras from a professional restaurant supplier. Oh my god, more nectar of the Gods than we could ever consume -- we could take a bath in seared foie gras. Anyway, with perfectly seared foie gras, the Andrus Reserve matched very well. The color is a light cherry. The nose is all twigs and barn. The palate is very nice -- layered, fruity, yet rich. Perhaps an unappreciated wine. Whatever the case, it paired perfectly with the Night of Death by Foie Gras. If you ever order Foie Gras from a restaurant supply company, keep in mind -- its made to service a restaurant for a month. Foie gras anyone? The highlight of the evening was the deseret service from the girls -- handcrafted menus, reserved tables, chocolate tidbits, and squeaky violins to match. Its a rough life, but someone has to live it. The backbeat goes on and on and on . . . .
Day Trip to Napa (Napa Valley CA): Tasting at winery. Moderate black fruit to start with new oak spice aromas. Firm black fruit on palate, somewhat hidden behind today's tannins, so there is definitely upside from here if this is in an awkward phase right now. Certainly better 2009 forward.
Quick visit to Napa and Sonoma; 7/9/2004-7/10/2004 (Sonoma and Napa): Tasting at winery. Classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Deep and intense aromas of black fruit and plenty of new oak. Dark berry, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, allspice on palate. Long finish. Hold to at least 2008 for slightly better integration.