Purchased on release for all of $26 and has moved with us from NJ to CA and now CO. Pop and pour. Slight bricking, slighly floral and woody nose with a little stone fruit aroma too. Well-balanced and very bordeaux-like though the fruit is beginning to fall into the background, I'd drink remaining bottles in the coming 2-3 years.
This really turned out to be a fun and interesting bottle of wine, consumed over a three-day period. Nice ruby-purplish color with no obvious signs of aging. Still very complex aromatically, with earthy tar, brown sugary baking spices, cedary cigar box, sage, currants and olives. Initially, the promise of the nose was dashed on the palate, which was greatly marred by an extreme tannic bitterness. In spite of this, hints of dark fruits and a very Bordeaux-like minerality lurked beneath. I recorked the bottle and put it back in the fridge, not expecting much. Two days later, the palate bitterness had all but completely faded, no longer obstructing the excellent black fruit flavors and that nice streak of minerality. Excellent balance and mouthfeel with a medium-length finish. Somewhat reminiscent of a mature St.-Emilion to me. The wine is certainly mature, but should still have several years of drinking life left if stored well.
Popped and poured. Powerful nose; rich dark fruits, vanilla, mint, cassis. Palate is medium-bodied, with very low acidity and low tannin. Fruit seems to have faded some, as I'm just getting a skosh of tart berry. Hard to rate, as I'm not sure this will improve. Ok, but nothing special.
Took a little while in the glass to become expressive on the nose but once it did it was very nice. The palate did not disappoint at all. Dark fruit with soft tannins and very mild acidity. This is in a good place right now but will hang out for some years to come.
Dark red colour. Great nose showing cassis, herbs, plum, earth and some cedary notes as the wine develops with time. Elegant and medium to full bodied on the palate with ripe dark fruits and cassis flavours over savoury earthy notes and some herbs with fine grained tannins and low acidity. Medium-long finish.
Man, this wine is a glacial ager for a Napa Cab; this thing is aging at a much more Bordeaux-like pace. Only seems appropriate from one of the Valley's most Bordelais-style reds. Even so, that rich plummy fruit could only be California. 5-10 years of life left easily; really still not at its peak yet. An outstanding effort from one of my very favorite Napa wineries.
This was a world beater in it's youth, but might be losing a step. These wines are usually made to age, but I'm beginning to think this vintage generally, while great in it's youth, is not for the long haul.
Bought this bottle many years ago and had stored in my eurocave exclusively until tonight. All in all I thought the wine was good, but not as good as I remember this to be. Seems to have lost a good deal of intensity and fullness. Now seems somewhat light in body and flavor. Fruits are still there and are good, just faded. Mouthfeel is fairly moderate. Something good there, but not a velvety mouth coating texture. This seems to be it way down, so if you have bottles, DRINK UP!
Opened 2 1/2 hrs prior to drinking; not decanted. Deep, opaque-purple coloring, violets and heavy floral notes on the nose, black cherry, more flowers and oak-y saddle leather on the palate. Dry and well balanced, but lacking an added dimension or depth to push the rating of this higher. Nonetheless, this is drinking very well today, and appears to be ageing better than most other Cali cabs in this price range ($26 from winery). No rush at all here.
Dark, extracted colour. Bouquet of black currants and mint. Flavours of cassis, dark, dusty chocolate and still noticeable oak. Concentrated and complex. Strong tannins (still), could easily age for many more years. An excellent wine. Dry Deep Earthy Ful