This Magnificat was magnificent. The drinking window on CT ending in 2011 is not correct. Parker gave it until 2013. I can tell you in July of 2016 its still full of fruit and body. The tannins have softened and there is a bit of residual chalkiness in the sediment. Otherwise this is Napa cab at its core. The flavor profile will transport you to whatever tasting room you first had a delicious, sweet, full bodied, well oaked Cali cab or blend. Yum. Wish I could get more of this vintage.
Bought a 6 pack in a wooden case about 10 years ago from the winery. Based on Cellartracker, it said I should have drank this by 2011. Opened the first bottle of the six pack tonight and it was delicious. Wine has been stored in my basement. Drank it with a nice filet I grilled on the Green Egg. My wife says I hogged the wine. It was drinking nicely, and could probably go a few more years, no problem. Very soft, no tannins, fruit is still there.
Somehow, the blending of these grapes creates something of a chameleon. I don't think I would have picked this out as a cab dominated blend, with the bulk of the rest being merlot. Medium bodied with a fair amount of acidity. For whatever reason, this struck me as more "Italian" than "Napa" in character. Thanks to Dennis for cracking this one tonight. Seems to be drinking at it's peak, but should hold nicely for several years.
Didn't take notes during the dinner so comments are sparse. Reminded me of the more traditional California (old school) that I loved so much. Nuanced and dry - I like not getting smacked in the face with ripe fruit.
Wow; for me it smells Violets, cherry - oakville smell. Light at tasting, dry tannins - if you have some do drink them soon now. The smell is a 95 and the taste is a 92. But i will let it breath for a while as I drink it inmediatly after opening
Simply put, a beautiful expression of Napa Valley (and one that is becoming quite rare). Extraordinary, decadent and deep nose of sois bois, cocoa powder, cherries, and hints of freshly ground coffee. Smooth, full and seemless in the mouth from the attack through the exceptionally long and layered finish of cocoa powder, earth, and brilliantly balanced dry fruit and oak. This was such a fabulous bottle--certainly a candidate for my favorite tasting of 2010.
Consistently delicious, this has a touch of volatile acidity that pushes the complexity up a notch. Concentrated, big boned, and filling out with air, a perfectly decadent cab for a nice occasion with steaks. Well done, and priced right.
2008 Epcot Food and Wine Vertical Tasting: 70% Cab Sauv, 29% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Fist time with 100% new oak. Very tight nose. Bigger wine with good concentration and teeth coating, mouth gripping tannins. Typical plum, spice, vanilla, and a hint of minerality. Needs time to mellow, but a nice wine as it is now. (B-).
This has really turnedout to be a vey siprising wine. It has a buttery textur and flavor that compliments the berry baskbone. Prominent finish yet not over the top. Jus a great effort and reaaly has evolved. May buy more.
Suprised me. It is now drinking well. Must have entered it's 'dumb period' (albeit rahter short). Had it with tuna steak and bbq chicken (why wouldn't yah!)Smooth as silk at first pour. Did not decant (knowledge from a previous experience). Actually had old world nuances that really made this exciting. Sadly, an hour or so later, started to lose its "allure" and became pretty pasty.
Just beginning to enter its drinking window, with the peak several years off, this offers a medium intensity nose of cassis and oak, with solid fruit flavors and hints of tea and mint, so complexity is coming. Astringent tannins take over after about an hour, but the next day it is even better. I'm betting on holding 2 years...we'll see if I can wait.
Hoping this would turn out like the '99, but no such luck. Medium weight, nose of red fruits, somewhat closed, medium weight palate, red fruits and tannin, a touch of mature cassis but not much, medium finish. I will age the rest hoping they will open some day. More tannic than expected.
Had this with a marinated flank seak with exceptional sides of corn on the cob & cucumber salad. Decanted for only a half hour. first glass was velvetty smooth. Delicate bouquet of berries and lasting yet subtle finish. Was very pleased until the end of the meal, it began to go flat. Texture changed as did the lack of finish. Tannins picked up to the point of leaving that pasty after taste. Conclusion: Don't decant and drink it faster. (is that possible?)Time to drink this wine. Cellaring won't improve this wine.